Red Sonja's adventure in Khorshemish -- the opulant capital of Koth -- continues. Political and family intrigues have placed the She-Devil With A Sword between rival noble families, all intent on seizing the throne of Koth. On one side, the disgraced family of her slain enemy -- Cavvalus of Koth -- plots Sonja's destruction. On the other, Strabonus, Prince of the realm, and quite possibly insane. Amidst assassins, alchemists, and royal intrigue, Sonja discovers that not all wars are fought with swords.