Three years after taking up residence at the University of Din Edin, Sophie and Gray Marshall return to London, escorting Lucia MacNeill, heiress to the throne of Alba, to meet the British prince to whom she is betrothed. Alas, sparks fail to fly between the pragmatic Lucia and the romantic young Prince Roland, and the marriage alliance seems to be on shaky ground.
Sophie tries to spark a connection between Roland and Lucia by enlisting them both in her latest scheme: reopening the mysterious and long-shuttered women’s college at Oxford. Though a vocal faction among the scholars of Oxford—and of society at large—believes that educating women is a recipe for disaster, Sophie and her friends dream of rebuilding the college for a new generation of women scholars.
But the future of both the college and the kingdom is imperilled when the would-be poisoners of Sophie’s father, King Henry, escape from prison and vanish without trace. Sophie and Gray will need all their strength and ingenuity—and the help of friends both present and long past—to thwart the enemy at Britain’s gates.