If you are a lover of historical drama I am pretty sure you would love this drama. It is a mixture of family rivalries, revenge, obsessive love, star crossed lovers. This story is inspired by the true story of Queen Dangyeong, from the title itself it is given a hint as she was Queen for only a week. The show starts by glimpsing into the future, where she tries to kill her lover, the king(Yeok) but she can’t.
Next, we actually go all the way back to childhood characters. Shin Chae Gyung is a spirited woman who won’t hesitate to get involved when she sees injustice. Lee Yoong Becomes the king after the death of his father(Seongjong). Lee Yeok is the half-brother of the king. He has to live his life trying not to cause any trouble for his elder brother(king) and tries to convince him that he doesn’t want his throne.But the king never fully trusts him. In the mean while Yeok mom Sets a marriage proposal with Shin Chae Gyung Family. Yeok and Shin becomes close with each other. Unfortunately, Yeok and Shin gets involved in a situation where the king gets angry and sends Yeok out of the palace. While he pass some distance some people attack Yeok and Yeok thinks that his brother was trying to kill him.
All think that Yeok was dead except Shin as she was full of hopefulness.As the king was unhappy and living his life in fear, he finds a sort of peace with Shin. She becomes king’s best friend. Yeok enters in to the town with a mission(dethrone his brother). Shin will see him and asks him whether he is Yeok but he disagrees with her and leaves her in an awkward position even though he loves her.Shin also genuinely loves Yeok yet wants the king not to doubt on his brother. Her soft spot for the king put both her and Yeok in danger situations many times.
King gets to know that his brother Yeok has returned and planning to dethrone. So, yoong wanted to kill his brother whenever he gets chance. In this process he even Chae Gyung as bait to find Yeok. Every time Yeok saves Shin.
Atlast Yeok marries his lover(Shin) and also gains power though the support of his followers. By this he finally dethrones his brother as he is responsible for bloody purges of scholars who opposed him. After the dethronement of his brother Yeok takes the power. In the dethronement process shin’s father who is the brother-in-law of yoong opposes it. So, they were brutally killed. Shin finds her father and mother lying in pools of blood. So, she gets dressed in her royal robes and approches the king and tried to kill Yeok but he clenches her arm and pulled away, looking heartbroken, Chae Gyung says “I shall have killed you”. Later followers of Yeok tries to dethrone Shin.
Shin asks Yeok divorce because she doesn’t want Yeok followers to oppose him. Yeok cries a lot and asks her not to leave him but she says ” Perhaps the biggest consolation we can give to each another is staying alive”. After some days Yeok goes to see Shin But she refuses to see him even though she loves him. They both choose an unconventional way to show their love due to the situations.
After 38 years when Yeok is sick an elderly women enters the palace it is our Shin Chae Gyung, still wearing her wedding ring.
Cast: Park Min Young as Shin Chae Gyung, Park Si-eun as young Shin Chae Gyung, Yeon Woo Jin as Lee Yeok, Baek Seung Hwan as young Lee Yeok, Lee Dong Gun as Lee Yoong, Ahn Do Gyu as young Lee Yoong.