After her parents die she is forcibly moved into the palace and is"tutored" by Queen Sophia, her aunt who Princess Ben hates with a blazing passion. When Sophia punishes what she sees as Ben's insolance by locking her in a tiny out of the way room, Ben discovers a passageway to a room that contains the things she needs to learn magic.
Another element in the story is the threat of takeover from a neighboring kingdom and Ben's hatred of Florian, its prince. There were some fun twists in this story. The end completely surprised me. I think Ben dwelt a little bit too much on her weight and really was kind of a brat sometimes but the story is about how she grows up and takes upon her the responsibility of being royalty and I liked how that change took place. I wish there was a bit more romance but I I always want a bit more romance. Still, it was fun.