Alivet's husband is heir to the throne of Sacral. Barat has no psychic abilities and Hurat, younger son of Thorsa, vows to take the throne and his brother's wife for himself. Without magic Barat could be considered an unworthy candidate.
The ghost of the previous queen shows Alivet the secret Queen's Room. The Queen's Book lies on a table alongside the Queen's Ring. Entries from previous queens help her to understand what is to come. She hopes the magical ring will help Barat succeed in his fight for the throne.
Determined to support her husband, Alivet refuses Hurat's advances but can she overcome his threats toward her family?