A British naval commander on a mission to oppose the African slave trade rescues a young tribal princess threatened with ritual sacrifice by her Dahoman captors by persuading their King that the girl should be given as a present to the British Queen. In fact Queen Victoria takes a keen interest in this orphaned young
girl and assumes responsibility for her welfare and protection, so much so that in time she becomes a favourite at Court. The account is interspersed with archive photographs, letters and historical documents that give authentic detail to the story and a real sense of the strength of character and intelligence with which Sarah Forbes Bonetta - as the African Princess became known -
embraced the transformations in her life.