London, 1583. William Shakespeare has declared Lucy Morgan the inspiration for his work. But what is he hiding from his muse? Meanwhile, Lucy has her own secrets to conceal. Tempted by love, the lady-in-waiting also bore witness to the one marriage forbidden by the queen. England is in peril. Queen Elizabeth's health is deteriorating, her throne under siege. She needs a trusted circle of advisors. but who can she turn to when those closest have proved disloyal? And just how secure is Lucy's fate, now she has learned the dangerous art of keeping secrets?