Mikel Mikeloviz, disguised as a monk, transports Princess Jeanne, the infant daughter of King René of the little kingdom of Zilinia, to Bruges to wait in safety during the war. Dame Paula runs the Laundry of the White Geese and is known as "Mother Goose." Mikel gives the princess to Paula in secret to raise as her own daughter under the name of Sylvia. Paula later has six daughters of her own who help her run the laundry. Their father has been at war for ten years.
Twenty-two years later, the people demand the restoration of a monarchy. Mikel conspires to restore Princess Jeanne to the throne, which will otherwise go to Prince Franz, the heir presumptive. Franz, while traveling in disguise, has fallen in love with Sylvia. But Sylvia, who does not know that she is really a princess, is betrothed to Lieutenant Karl, a military Lothario. A sleazy politician, disguised as Paula's battle-scarred husband, tries to ensnare one of the two apparently adopted daughters as the bride for Prince Franz, but he does not know whether the real adopted daughter is the scheming Liane or the sweet Sylvia. Mikel's plans are hindered by the schemes of three villains. Mikel also mistakes Liane, a milliner who has sought temporary employment in the Laundry of the White Geese, for the lost princess. After all the complications are combed out, Franz and Sylvia marry, vowing to rule together.
(8 female; 7 male)
Sylvia - Daughter of the King of Zilinia
Dame Paula (“Mother Goose”) - Leader of the Laundry of the White Geese
Liane - A milliner
Paula’s Daughters (“The White Geese”):
Mikel Mikelovitz - Sylvia’s benefactor; disguised as a monk
Franz - The Heir Presumptive
Lietuenant Karl - A military Lothario; betrothed to Sylvia
Percy Algernon Slingsby
Petrus Van Tromp
First and Second Footman
Ladies of the Court, Laundry Girls, Peasants, Soldiers, etc.