Maralinda Mayrose is sweet, caring, and kind. Life, however, hasn't been kind to her. After a childhood illness her lungs became very weak, so she has always been unable to do strenuous activities. When an enemy kingdom attacks her home, and the king seems to have a personal vendetta against her, she is helpless and incapable of defending her kingdom. Thus when she's given the chance to save her family and friends, she obviously doesn't even stop to consider the consequences for herself.
King ViBritania has a cloudy past, with connections and favors he took the throne in Marasmius. He seems to have a personal vendetta against Maralinda.
But she doesn't even recall ever meeting him. He doesn't seem to care, he wants to break her, to own her. And he will.