Sir Ahmad left High Castle to escape his feelings for Lady Idra, but he is called home by duty to the high prince. During his absence, Idra refused to let fear or timidity rule her life any more. But her willingness to help others attracts danger at every turn, including when a new knight to the castle asks for her assistance with a fellow guardsman. As they uncover roots of treason that threaten to undo the kingdom, they unwittingly incite the wrath of an ancient rebellion, putting not only themselves in peril but also their friend and all those he cares most for in the world. A traitor’s plot must be crushed before the rebellion rips Twelve Realms apart, but their interference might seal the awful fate of those they’ve sworn to protect.