Elizabeth has been the forgotten princess all her life. The daughter of a queen executed for treason, she has spent her entire childhood in the dark shadow of her mother's reputation. But things change when her crazed sister Queen Mary dies; Elizabeth is the only one left to inherit the throne of England. Soon, she is thrust into a world full of greed, intrigue, and betrayal as she strives to guide her beloved land from an ailing nation to a fearsome world power. In doing so, she breaks the barriers previously known to women and makes a name for herself as one of the greatest queens England has ever seen. Based on the early reign of Queen Elizabeth I of England, this novel gives a charming and enthralling view of the woman we all know and love.