In an alternative 16th century setting of Berkshire Forests of England, Wren finds herself rattling around in the castle abandoned by the mysterious disappearance of her mother and left alone just when a girl needs her mother most. King Belodawn, blames his daughter for the loss of his queen. Consequently, he spends as little time as is required at the castle.
Befriended by the cook’s son, the princess engages in new disciplines of developing muscle and swinging swords. However, the deception of a gender mask is also required to win her freedom. Now, at age 18, bolder and stronger, Wren has acquired skills which finally allow her to maneuver into her best-laid getaway plan.
When she dares to venture out of the castle, the princess rides her stallion into another man’s kingdom. The sword-fighting princess finds herself engaged in a contest that will brings her to her knees. Her deceptions lead to an ultimatum, one that could involve a life of bondage, or death and destruction of those who have befriended her. Wren knows she must win her freedom one way or another.