King Silas Benjamin of Gilboa, a city untouched by time, must deal with the rising tensions between his nation and the neighboring nation of Gath. After prisoners of war are taken, David Shepherd, a young soldier, risks everything to save them.
David is forced to stay in Shiloh after his heroic gesture saving the King's son.
Totally by surprise, Gath offers truce. Silas wants to accept but William, his brother in law, wants the war to go on for another two years. He threatens Silas that if he accepts the peace offering, his company will pull out and demand the reimbursement of all the loans, effectively bankrupting the country.
As Queen Rose gets the mansion ready for the Gath military, King Silas and General Abner begin to plot against David Shepherd. However, when David is not at the peace treaty signing, the Gath leaders begin to question the ceremony. Meanwhile, William works to weaken the King's power; and Jack, angry about his parents' treatment, goes on a shopping spree.
Queen Rose prepares for First Night. She expects Silas to be here for the entire event but Seth, his illegitimate son, has become very ill. Helen begs him to come to his side. Jack invites David to a night on the town with his friends from the army. Michelle on learning that David followed Jack instead of being at the Ballet decides to chat up with a very old friend, Paul Ash.
Silas leverages Port Prosperity during negotiations with Gath, testing David's loyalties. Elsewhere, Gilboa's citizens rebel against Silas' decision, causing Michelle to take action, and William tries to convince Jack to disobey his father.
Today is Judgment Day, an annual tradition in which Silas will preside over 10 cases by it's end. David and Michelle are divided when both want the 10th case spot. Elsewhere, the king's nephew is released from exile, and Jack and Katrina find themselves growing closer during their quest for power.
When Gath's dangerous request threatens the peace treaty, Jack and David head to Gath to shore it up. Elsewhere, Michelle's health-care bill has caused her problems, and Silas takes steps to keep the city from being ravaged by a plague.
A blackout interrupts the birthday celebration being held for King Silas, and may put the whole royal family in danger. Michelle and David get a chance to be alone due to this blackout, and gives Jack an opportunity to engage in his secret double life without being noticed. Meanwhile, Silas' future may be threatened by a decision from past.
Silas reveals part of his life outside of the palace, after he and David go to the country. Meanwhile, Rose tries to keep Michelle and Jack's secrets under wraps.
David learns new information concerning his dad's death, while on a mission to recover the Charter of Gilboa. Elsewhere, Rose and Silas both have different reactions to the news of Jack's engagement to Katrina.
Silas hands the treason trial of David over to Jack. Elsewhere, Michelle's medical problems seems to be bringing her closer to her mother.
With Jack and David jailed for treason, Silas continues with his plot to relinquish Port Prosperity to Gath. Meanwhile, Michelle searches for a way to set David free.
The season 1 finale finds Jack preparing to take over the throne. However, when Silas shows up alive, David rushes to warn him about the plot against him.