Daerus himself is now Grand Duke of Shae. His parents traveled to visit Dia in the Imperial Palace and neither ever returned to their home. The Dowager Duchess has remained in the capital city with her daughter and Daerus, alone at Shae but for the faithful Phoebus, seems resigned to a lifetime devoted to his duties and his endless questions. But Daerus is poised on the brink of a revolution, for his companions are about to start arriving at his estate. Best of all, Daerus is about to discover that second chances are not always the stuff of dreams and that happiness can still be part of his life.