Saxon Princess Margaret and her brother Edgar are shipwrecked and seek refuge with Malcolm Canmore, the warrior-king. Malcolm agrees to help Edgar if Margaret will become his wife.
A reluctant queen in a barbaric country, a good wife and mother, Margaret helps Malcolm become a sophisticated ruler. Then Eva, a bard, is brought to court as hostage to Lady Macbeth’s loyalty. Margaret fears trouble, but the very different women forge a strong friendship. When it is discovered that Eva is Lady Macbeth’s spy, Eva is imprisoned and awaits her sentence at Margaret’s hand. (CROWN, Dec., 352 pp., $25.99)