The Chaplet of Pearls is a historical fiction set in France during the period of struggle between Roman Catholics following the Reformation. The novel begins with a child marriage arranged to heal a rivalry between the two branches of the Ribaumont family. Berenger, the son of Baron de Ribaumont, head of the White Ribaumonts, and Eustacie, the child of the Count de Ribaumont, head of the Black Ribaumonts, get married to put an end to this feud. However, Count's younger brother, the Chevalier de Ribaumont, is unhappy with this wedding as he wants his son Narcisse to marry the rich Eustacie. The story follows several twists and turns that keep the readers wondering about the fate of the two families and the new couple.