Adella obediently followed her father to the castle of Marrae. They had been hired to clean and prepare it with other servants for King Arlen's arrival from his castle at Ladonna. The most she hoped for was a secure job to help her father support their family. She never expected the situation in her life to change so drastically as King Arlen discovered a mark of royalty hidden behind her ear. He could not ignore her right to be elevated in station and accepted into his royal family as a niece. Taking steps to make that happen, King Arlen developed a plan for Adella's future. Feeling blessed she accepted his orders, but a chance meeting with a Viking King would change everything for her once again.