Queen Maeve is thrust into a competition for a place next to her on the throne at the young age of seventeen. Twenty suitors must compete in a tournament in order to win her hand, and place on the throne beside her. Week after week another light is lost, and Maeve isn't fond of letting her fate be decided for her. Even though all of her advisers suggest otherwise, she dips her hand in blood and takes matters into her own hand-- in a way some might not expect. Whether she likes it or not, she has to choose between her best friend and a man who wants her heart, all while managing a kingdom.