In a novel where ancient traditions conflict with reality and the pressures of modern life, a young European princess proves that simplicity, courage, and dignity win the day and forever alter her world. Princess Christianna is a young woman of her times: born in Europe, educated in America, responsible beyond her years. Her father, the Reigning Prince of a European nation that takes its royalty seriously, has ironclad plans for his only daughter's life, a burden that for Christianna is almost unbearable. After four years at Berkeley, life in her father's palace cannot distract Christianna from what she sees outside the kingdom-the suffering of children, the ravages of terrorism and disease. Determined to make a difference in the world, she persuades her father to let her volunteer for the Red Cross in East Africa, and a journey of discovery, change, and awakening begins. Christianna plunges into the dusty, bustling life of an international relief camp, finding a passion and a calling among the brave doctors and volunteers. She struggles to keep her identity a secret from her new friends and coworkers-even from Parker Williams, the young doctor who works alongside Christianna and shares her dedication to healing. But as violence approaches and invades the camp, and the pressures of her royal life beckon her home, Christianna's struggle for freedom takes an extraordinary turn. In one shocking moment, her life is changed forever. From the splendor of a Prince's palace to the chaos of war-torn nations, Danielle Steel takes us into fascinating new worlds. Filled with unforgettable images and a remarkable cast of characters, H.R.H. is a novel of the conflict between old and new worlds, responsibility vs. freedom, and duty vs. love. From the Compact Disc edition.