Robert Louis Stevenson's third full-length novel--unlike his many others--is a love story. Because of their royal responsibilities and lifestyle, Prince Otto and his wife have grown apart. Caught up in a web of palace conspiracies and strife, Otto and Serafina change, and their facades fall away, revealing the real people underneath.
The novel was largely written during 1883. Stevenson referred to Prince Otto as "my hardest effort", one of the chapters was rewritten eight times by Stevenson and once by his wife.