Royal Envoy Rema is determined to broker a successful marriage between her master, Emperor Ormun, and a young princess of neighboring Danosha.
The Danoshans need protection and Ormun wants their unwavering loyalty.
The sanctity of a royal wedding would resolve many diplomatic issues.
Upon arriving in the Danoshan court, Rema does not discover a biddable young princess in awe of the high honor being accorded to her and her family.
Princess Elise instead proves a woman of many surprises.
As her acquaintance with Elise grows, Rema's arguments for the common sense of the marriage sound weak even to her own ears.
Her duty is clear, and what belongs to her master cannot ever be hers...