Ximene’s adventures have all the required ingredients for a classical historical romance.
We meet her when she is a virtual prisoner in the Chateau de Foix and learn that she is being auctioned to the highest bidder.
Despite these circumstances she has the highest expectations of fulfilling her destiny, which she has been programmed to believe is to recreate the state of Occitan, destroyed one hundred years earlier during the genocidal Albigensian crusade.
Her objective is to then use Occitan as a haven for those who espouse the Cathar faith a radically different form of Christianity, if indeed it is Christian at all.
She is sure that she will find a soulmate who will help her achieve her objectives, but will it be the Black Prince, heir apparent to the english throne or will it be John Stanley a young squire in the Prince’s service?
Ximene find’s herself draw towards John and begins to question everything about herself and her destiny.
Everything in the book is historically accurate with the exception of Ximene herself and her romance with John Stanley.