Hadassah was orphaned as a young child and raised in poverty by her older cousin Mordecai, but great things were destined for her. Blessed with incomparable beauty and grace, she is snatched from her home and taken to the castle with hundreds of other girls. The king of Persia will choose one of them as his queen, and he chooses her.
But Hadassah has a deadly secret, and she changes her name to Esther. She is Jewish, and the king's right hand man Haman hates the Jews, especially Mordecai ,so much that he gets the king to sign a decree that orders the death of all the Jews.
The penalty of going before the king uninvited it death. Will Esther have the courage to speak up and save her people?
(This is my own adaption of the story of Esther from the Bible, written ten years ago when I was about 14 or 15.)