Melena Ni Coro is in the midst of deception and war. Her master and lover Valerian wars against his brother, while closer to home one of the women of his harem plots against Melena and puts her life on the line by betraying Valerian. Discovering the viper in their own nest is paramount.
As for Valerian's war against Vicktor, it can only go well if it ends in Vicktor's death. It took a threat to his favorite's life to ignite Valerian's war against Vicktor. A war over a woman, but equally a war over ideals. The Jorku nation needs a fair leader.
For Valerian, honor and loyalty are paramount. When his woman does not do as he commands he takes it hard. But Melena teaches Valerian there are different kinds of loyalty...