Kat has lived a simple life with Grace and Anna, Grace's daughter. They survive in a small village but life cannot continue in the same manner forever. Christian, Grace's nephew, asks for Kat's hand in marriage and Grace receives a visitor wanting to collect a debt. Then Grace dies, leaving far more questions than answers.
Hoping to find those answers, Kat and Anna take off for London with nothing but a note from Grace and a hope they can survive. Kat's taken into court by Queen Elizabeth herself. Kat gets attention from many who wish to do her harm or distract her. In all that goes on, Anna heads home, Christian comes looking for her, and Kat realizes who her parents really were.
A good historical novel, with lots of truth/fact wrapped in all the fiction. There's enough mystery to keep the story going even when it lags a bit. A definite read for anyone interested in the Elizabethan era.