Hated by his country
Loved by England's queen
Robert Dudley knows how dangerous the Tudor court can be. His grandfather was killed to make Henry VIII popular and Mary Tudor executed his father for attempting to put Lady Jane Grey on the throne. With the Dudley family name tainted by treason, Robert knows he must use all his talents to survive.
But he has one major advantage over his rivals: he is the queen's closest friend.
A childhood friendship deepens. Robert discovers Queen Elizabeth has fallen in love with her handsome Master of the Horse and can't bear him to leave her side.
Confident of Elizabeth's love, Robert does all he can to persuade her to marry him. She never gives him an answer but prefers to keep him hoping. Meanwhile, Robert feels his life is passing him by.
How much is he prepared to sacrifice to keep Elizabeth's favour?
And what is he willing to risk to have a life of his own?