This Epic Miniseries tells the tragic story of Archduke Rudolf of Austria-Hungary, Heir to the Imperial and Royal Throne.
Rejected by his father, Emperor Franz-Joseph, too mich like his mother, Empress Elisabeth, he is a royal rebel who wants to see a different rule. He, and his mother, see the downfall of the Empire. Rudolf wants to stop that from happening and tries to use his influence to get another way of politics, as his mother did years before, but his father rejects. He finds himself into a loveless marriage and slowly loses the will to go on.
When he finds the young Baroness Mary Vetsera he seems to live again, Rudolf asks his father, and the pope, to annul his marriage. They reject, not knowing Rudolf and Mary made a pact to die if their love is rejected. Rudolf has gotten himself into a coup to gain power in Hungary, where he will be crowned King, but it all seems to led to one tragic moment: that of Mayerling.
This Epic Miniseries brings a lost Empire back to life. Filmed at the actual places this miniseries brings Austria-Hungary back to life. We see the Empress Elisabeth and her son fight against its downfall, Emperor Franz-Joseph who ignores the downfall and the youn Baroness Mary Vetsera who finds her fatal love in His Imperial, and Royal, Highness Archduke Rudolf of Austria-Hungary.