For princess Hesina of Yan, the palace is her home, but her father is her world. He taught her how to defend against the corruption and excesses of the old kings, before revolutionaries purged them and their seers to establish the dynasty anew. He was supposed to teach her how to rule.
The imperial doctors say the king died a natural death, but Hesina believes he was murdered. She is determined to uncover the truth and bring the assassin to justice.
But in a broken system, ideals can kill. As the investigation quickly spins out of control, Hesina realizes that no one is innocent. Not the heroes in history, or the father she thought she knew. More blood will spill if she doesn’t rein in the trial—her people’s, her family’s, and even her own.