Kate Parr is smart, confident, and passionate, but her world is full of drama. Her obligatory marriage to Henry, King of England, is rife with violence and deceit; her steamy affair with Thom, a naval officer, could send her to an early grave; and her devotion to the education and equal rights of Henry’s daughters is putting an even bigger strain on her marriage. Does Kate risk her life to gain authority in her relationship and over her country? Does she follow her heart or does she learn to love the man she must love? And what kind of future is there for her children if she makes a crucial mistake?