Princess Nerys dreams of marrying a prince or a king to cement a political alliance; it is her duty as a Princess of Carentan. When her dream comes true, the timing could not be worse; for her life and for the history of the Western Isles.
Something is amiss in the Kingdom of Tordre. On her wedding night to the King of Tordre, Nerys discovers a sinister secret hiding in the depths of Castle Ryemont; a king with two faces, who is not the husband she was expecting.
Nerys is kidnapped and finds herself in the midst of a revolution to overthrow the monarchy. She clings to her memories and her growing love for a displaced courtier, then steals back to Castle Ryemont to face down the truth of her fake marriage.