After an attempt upon his father’s life, Prince Dedrick Langston of the kingdom of Emberton, travels north to Mastonia in search of the attempted assassin. As he journeys to the frozen land, his quest takes an unexpected stop when he comes to the aid of a beautiful woman. Little did he know this woman would change the course of his life’s journey forever. Elara Moretti has been sent to the wilderness of her homeland, Mastonian, in order to pass the month long right of passage known as the Quickening. As she nears the end of her trial, she is set upon by wolves and receives aid from a stranger from a far-off land. But the wolves are not the only predator lurking in the Mastonian wilderness. Two legged beasts can be just as dangerous as those with fangs.
Raised as an illegitimate slave and sold to a band of assassins, Peter O’Brien has become the ultimate survivor. His life changed after he saved the prince of Emberton’s life. He was rewarded by a place in the knights, and his loyalty knows no bounds. However, what is harder for a trusted knight to endure: the temptation his princess has to offer or the knowledge that his past was a lie?
Aleriah Langston is the oldest daughter of the King of Emberton. Her life was joyous until she learned of the marriage her father brokered for her. She has no desire for this union and longs to feel the embrace of a handsome man before her vows are spoken, so she goes to the one man who has sworn to protect her—Peter. Yet, Peter’s past is dangerous as well as the outcome should Aleriah’s marriage not take place. As Peter tries to discover his past and Aleriah searches for a way to end her union, the pair must be cautious for the palace is full of spies.
When Prince Dedrick returns to Emberton, he discovers all has changed. His faithful friend has betrayed his trust and is locked in the dungeon, his sister has secretly wed, and his father is acting like a different man. The turmoil afoot only adds to his worries as he tries to unravel the mystery of not only his wife’s amulet but the matching one Peter possesses as well. Dedrick is suddenly thrust into a dire situation when the northern king lays siege to Emberton. As he fights to defend his kingdom, an ally betrays him, and now he must not only try to protect his kingdom but his family as well. Will the past’s deceptions cause Emberton to fall or will it reveal The True King?