Versailles, 1667. In an attempt to bring the nobility to heel and assert his absolute power, 28-year-old Louis XIV begins the construction of the Palace of Versailles. Louis XIV is a young king, haunted by childhood trauma, the Fronde, and the nobles' rebellion against his father Louis XIII, but proves to be a remarkable political strategist and a shrewd manipulator with Machiavellian tendencies. He builds Versailles to keep the nobles away from Paris and under his control, gradually transforming the Palace into a golden prison. The historical and fictional characters, from the most prominent courtiers to the humblest villagers, lead us through a world of betrayal, illicit affairs, political manoeuvres and declarations of war, presenting Versailles in all its glory, and its brutality.