As winter whips to a crescendo, the year’s most anticipated celebration is nigh! In the midst of the season, Eli finds her own intelligence being weaponized against her. There’s a traitor near, and they’re leaking Eli’s private words to her political opponents. Furthermore, the queen reveals some of the darker aspects of wearing a crown—including the prospect of a harem?! Is Eli really prepared to take her seat beside the crown prince? Or will the “Ashen Nightmare” cut the year short?