Now back in L. A. Merry and her men are fighting allegations about the rape of a Lady from the Seelie Court. With King Taranis using magic in the presence of humans as well as loosing control of his mind the case my very well get thrown out. The King’s guard informs Merry that they intend to force him out of office and would like her to take his place. The Queen is lead to believe that Merry has already taken the throne, and she shows them just how dangerous that choice might be. The release of new magic brings a new sithen to Maeve’s house. With everything happening so fast they aren’t even given time to celebrate before tragedy strikes and Merry is kidnapped.