Drugged and abducted on the eve of his coronation, King Rudolf V of Ruritania is imprisoned in the castle at Zenda by his scheming half-brother. Afraid of the political unrest, the king's advisors convince Rudolf Rassendyll, a distant English cousin, to pose as the king and maintain peace. With danger around every corner, and a blossoming romance with the lovely Princess Flavia, Rudolf must rescue the king and return him to his rightful place on the throne.
Published in 1894, the popularity of The Prisoner of Zenda inspired a new genre of stories set in fictional Eastern European countries. The romance, adventure, and political intrigue of the adventure classic have been adapted multiple times for stage and screen.
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