The romance between a freewheeling prince and a beautiful stage performer (Lana Turner) reaches a crossroads when their different lifestyles threaten to tear them apart.
Two different types of royalty clash when a queen of the silver screen falls for a king. While performing in Italy with her less-than-distinguished theater company, struggling actress Fredda Barlo meets Mr. Imperium, a king in hiding. The two have a passionate romance, which is unfortunately cut short because of his regal chores. Years later, Fredda, now a Hollywood star, reunites with Imperium in Palm Springs, California. This encounter creates a welcome opportunity for the twosome to renew their feelings for one another.