Four decades of peace have done little to ease the mistrust
between humans and dragons in the kingdom of Goredd. Folding
themselves into human shape, dragons attend court as ambassadors,
and lend their rational, mathematical minds to universities as
scholars and teachers. As the treaty''s anniversary draws near,
however, tensions are high.
Seraphina Dombegh has reason to fear both
sides. An unusually gifted musician, she joins the court just as a
member of the royal family is murdered in suspiciously draconian
fashion. Seraphina is drawn into the investigation, partnering with
the dangerously perceptive Prince Lucian Kiggs, the captain of the
Queen''s Guard. While they begin to uncover a sinister plot to
destroy the peace, Seraphina struggles to protect the secret behind
her musical gift--a secret so terrible that its discovery could
mean her very life.