Constantinople, 1179. Princess Agnes of France is 13 when she marries the heir to Byzantium, an empire unmatched in wealth and power. But once she sets foot in the Queen of Cities, a decadent world where dazzling luxury masks unspeakable cruelty, she realises that her husband is a deluded mother's boy with mighty enemies and treacherous allies.
Georgia, 1177: For 20 years King Giorgi has defended his fragile kingdom. Now he faces a grave new threat: He has no son to succeed him. There is only his daughter, Tamar. When a revolt threatens her life, Tamar is sent to live in the mountains, disguised as a boy, until a devastating betrayal places her in the hands of her enemies. Her courageous escape convinces Giorgi she should be his heir, but the nobles are outraged - no woman will ever rule them.