America Singer is an ordinary girl in the 5th class, three from the lowest. Life is hard, food is scarce, but she always gets by with the help of her family and her secret boyfriend, Aspen. The time has finally come for the prince to marry, and every girl in the country wants a chance to be in the selection, except for America. She has her heart set on marrying Aspen, even if it means becoming a 6.
Although America may not want to be the next princess, her mom insists on her applying for the Selection. Aspen also insists that she gives herself a fair chance at a great life. Although hesitant, she agrees knowing that there is no way she will be selected. To her dismay, America singer is chosen along with 34 other eligible women to live in the castle with the royal family. Following this, Aspen breaks things off with America, suggesting that he is only holding her back.
My family wants me to do it
Aspen wants me to do it
America goes to the castle, thinking that she would never love the prince, especially after their first encounter. But they agree on a friendship after she explains her rough situation at home and with Aspen. Although she knows she doesn't want the throne, the other girls feel threatened by America. However she does make two friends along the way. After spending time with the prince and getting to know him, she realizes that this could be the life she always wanted.
Just when America thought she could forget about Aspen, he shows up at the palace because he got drafted into the army. He tells America that he still loves her and she can't decide whether she wants Aspen or the prince. She has to revisit her troubles that she tried to leave in the past, all behind the prince's back.
After long consideration, America decides to tell Aspen that before she can decide if she still wants to be with him,that she has to explore her possible life with the prince. The prince then narrows down the selected girls to "The Elite." There are now six girls left, and America still has a big decision to make.