Princess Aymeri Maudlin of Treoles wakes up one morning to find her mother, Queen Ismana, dead in her private bedchambers. The doctors rule it a suicide, but Aymeri knows better: her mother has been murdered. With her suspicions, her mother's past and most recent present start to reveal a side of the Queen Aymeri has never seen before.
In the midst of her mother's death, Princess Aymeri has to prepare for her inauguration as Queen and the imminent war she didn't know about until the arrival of Prince Drystan of Bréīn who has informed Aymeri of an allegiance contract between Treoles and Bréīn she was never aware of.
Will Aymeri be able to handle the turmoil thrown at her?