Tragedy in Mayerling
Crown prince Rudolf of Austria is regarded as being both sensitive and unhappy. Constricted by the court's elaborate system of etiquette and trapped in suffocatingly restrictive marriage, he longs for true love. He meets Mary Vetseara, a young baroness. Both of them feel that they are made for each other. But the rules of the court do not permit the relationship to be formalized. Rudolf tries in vain to get divorced from his wife, the archduchess Stephanie. Not even Rudolf's appealing to the pope to annul his marriage does any good. The two lovers go so far as to stage a late-evening outing. They disguise themselves as pages and spend a few undisturbed hours in a humble inn. Even this attempt to have some time by themselves is spoiled by their being discovered by the court's spies, thus setting in motion an inexorable progression towards a tragic climax to this unusual love story.