The story begins at Hampton Court Palace, where the heroine Alice Petherton and her friends are all Maids of Honor to Jane Seymour, the current Queen of England. Alice begins: “My name is Alice Petherton and I am seventeen years of age. I came to Court as a simple servant but caught the eye of Anne Boleyn when she was newly crowned. I was good at singing, could dance like an elf, and made her laugh and think. She took me as one of her Maids of Honor and my slow approach to the furnace began.” The book begins with some rather arresting words from the protagonist which cannot help but draw the reader in.