Lingering rumours surround the Virgin Queen, despite the fate of those foolish enough to besmirch her reputation. The arrival of Nell de Lacey merely succeeds in adding fuel to the flames. Young Nell catches the eye not only of the cunning Elizabeth, but of those who would see the queen fail. Nell is the spit of the young Queen and that coupled with an old mystery about a missing portion of the Queen's past, is enough to set tongues wagging.
The court of the Queen Elizabeth is a hot-bed of intrigue and ambition...It is a place where reputations can stand or fall on the merest hint of scandal. Lingering rumours even surround the Virgin Queen herself, despite the fate of those foolish enough to besmirch her reputation. Recently arrived in court, Nell de Lacey is surprised to discover that many think she bears more than a passing resemblance to the younger queen. That, coupled with an old mystery about a missing portion of the Queen's past some years prior, is enough to set tongues wagging. And wherever the truth lies, even the rumour is sufficient to place Nell on a dangerous path that could all so easily end with her head on a block...