The jasmine plant is Duke Cosimo de' Medici's most treasured possession - and he has gone to great pains to keep it all for himself. When the gardener Antonio clips a sprig of the forbidden jasmine for his love, he is sent to prison. Now brave Donatella, Antonio's beloved, is his only hope for freedom. Back matter describes Renaissance Florence and explains the origins of the Italian bridal tradition of wearing a sprig of jasmine on one's wedding dress. Based on a legend about the real Duke Cosimo.