Now a Senator from Naboo, Padm? Amidala has grown more beautiful and wise since her term as Queen. On her return to Coruscant, Padm? narrowly escapes two assassination attempts and believes that the Separatist leader Count Dooku is responsible for the attacks. To protect her, the Jedi Council orders Anakin Skywalker to accompany Padm? on a secret retreat to the idyllic Naboo lake country. Despite an obvious mutual attraction between Anakin and the Senator, the strong-willed Padm? struggles to control her emotions and to maintain decorum. Yet against her self-discipline and pragmatic ideals, Padm? finds herself falling in love with her Jedi protector. Only when their peaceful retreat suddenly turns to an urgent and dangerous mission does Padm? realize that she can no longer deny her repressed emotions.