The forces of Polsdatter are marching to conquest. Grand Duke Vasili Yuergen is trapped into playing his role and forced to enlist the help of some of those he would rather not. Princess Kina is the pawn used to bring The Grand Duke into the game of kingdom-stealing. Separated from her Kingdom she must give warning or all may be lost. Lady Verice is only a handmaiden of the Princess, or is she much, much more? And what drives Polsdatter from the wreck of her body to plunge the entire continent into war?