A dramatic story of love, loyalty and adventure, set against a backdrop of courtly intrigue... This thrilling conclusion to the Sally Lockhart series follows Sally's good friend Jim Taylor.Now a dashing detective, Jim has spent years looking for Adelaide, the young girl whohelped Sally and her friends so long ago. The last time Jim Taylor saw Adelaide, her life was in grave danger, and when a carriage mysteriously explodes outside her new home, it seems nothing's changed. But Adelaide is no longer a frightened orphan from the slums ofEngland, for she has recently married a prince of a small nation - a nation at the heart of an international power struggle. When her husband is assassinated,Adelaide finds herself crowned queen - a position that seems to require all of the survival skills she learned on the streets.With Jim's help,Adelaide rules the country until political intrigue has them both on the run for their very lives, as the fate of the nation hangs in the balance.