Summer 1553: Brendan Prescott, an orphan, has been reared in the
home of the powerful Dudley family. Brought to court, he finds
himself sent on a mission to the kings brilliant but enigmatic
sister, Princess Elizabeth, and is soon compelled to work as a
double agent by Elizabeths protector, who promises in exchange to
help him unravel the secret of his own mysterious past.
Meanwhile Elizabeth seeks the truth about the disappearance of
her seriously ill brother, King Edward VI. With only a bold stable
boy and an audacious lady-in-waiting at his side Brendan plunges
into a ruthless gambit of half-truths, lies and murder.