Prince Argo has arranged the deaths of his older sister and two brothers—and declared himself next to wear the crown.
Now the king, his deceptive and clever planning skills set in motion, hoists a multifaceted revenge scheme to overthrow Manshire Province. Kidnapping Queen Althea’s younger sisters initiates a whirlwind sequence of events threatening the lives of the Manshire Queen, the Captain of the Long Bows, the Queen’s husband, and the province.
Lieutenant Charles Cromwell, Argo’s Field Commander, has trained a militia four times larger than the Manshire Long Bow Knights. His vast battle experience makes him the perfect leader for Argo’s scheme.
The scheme is so well planned; the first elusive clues evade Captain Oscar until the ransom letter arrives. Oscar must marshal all of his skills and separate reality from ruse provided by mysterious characters with ties to Argo.
Will Queen Althea, Captain Oscar, and his son, Kendrick, save Manshire from a crushing defeat? On short notice, can they out-think Argo with his well developed plans, and ultimately prevent Argo’s blatant assassination threats?
Oscar, trusted knight of the king, is about to be exposed.
Despite abduction, assassination plots, and jealousy, the princess and her true identity has been kept a secret.The king’s most distrusted enemy, Archbishop Thomas, has been kept in the dark.
Until now . . .
And time is running out.
The Archbishop has collected every resource he needs to execute his plot, the invaders from the north are raiding deeper into the country, and the king’s recent health has become a concern. The truth of the princess becomes even clearer when Kendrick, Oscar’s son, meets the princess.
Can Althea’s and Kendrick’s relationship endure the challenges that threaten them? Will the princess survive long enough to become queen?And what of Oscar, trusted knight of the king?
Will the truth, finally and completely, end his own life as well as the life of his only son?