But marital woes become inconsequential when Ymanu is poisoned with an obscure plant that damages his heart. Meanwhile, Alidias, the queen's adopted brother nearly starves to death as a prisoner inside a church steeple. Discovering who committed these crimes is simple enough; it is Marnal, the sullenly beautiful Duchess of Saviatha. What does Marnal want? More questions arise, as Etrea encounters Petram, a neglected boy whom Marnal subjected to the same sort of poisoning. It is one thing to eradicate the royal family in a quest for power. But why would Marnal harm two disabled boys with no blood ties to the throne?
The answers to these questions will determine the fate of a nation. To thwart the Duchess, Etrea and Ymanu must join forces against her. Is political unity possible in the midst of their deteriorating marriage? Or will a shameful secret Etrea carries prevent reconciliation, and allow Marnal to destroy the country?
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