For Leif, prince of Wainthald, his life has become impossible. After eighteen years under a womanas thumb, he can longer sit still and watch his country fall to shambles. But who is going to listen to a prince who canat even control events in his own country? And how in the world is anyone going to believe he can be king of a country that hasnat existed for generations? Yet, if he fails, his country will fall into the hands of the raiders. Then, when they manage to gain a temporary victory, he learns that the girl he married is in imminent danger. And though she betrayed him and all he has tried to do, his marriage vows of protection and defense still hold. He just might have to throw away his last chance of success for a traitor.