The princess is dead, murdered in a crime that rocks Gardon, and only her infant son is left alive. Who did it--the General, the Healer, or the Prime Minister? And why? Donal Yorkson and his veteran partner try to untangle the wicked crime only to find motive and a preposterous list of suspects. When his partner turns up dead, Donal must defy his father and even his queen to uncover a crime more terrible than murder.