From the introduction:
In a far away land, long ago, lived a King and his fair Queen. Many years had they longed for a child, and finally their wish was granted. A daughter was born, and they called her Aurora. Aurora, sweet Aurora, yes they named her after the dawn, for she filled their lives with sunshine. Then a great holiday was proclaimed throughout the kingdom, so that all of high or low estate might pay homage to the infant princess. And our story begins on that most joyful day, where all the kingdom celebrate the long awaited royal birth. And good King Stefan and his Queen made welcome their life long friend, King Hubert, and his son, Prince Philip. Fondly had these monarchs dreamed one day their kingdoms to unite. Thus today would they announce that Phillip, Huberts son and heir to Stefan's child would be betrothed. And so to her his gift he brought, and looked, unknowing, on his future bride.