During the fierce conflicts parliamentary troops arrive at Hatherton Manor, the home of seventeen-year-old Lady Elizabeth Anne, demanding food and lodgings. Though Lizzie's family has suffered from many hardships caused by the king's high taxes, her father still defends the monarchy and her two brothers are fighting for the king. But Lizzie has other opinions and is not afraid to speak her mind, especially when a handsome Roundhead captain appears on her doorstep throwing her life into turmoil. She is commanded to leave her family to look after the children of King Charles, who has been imprisoned by the rebels. Her new role soon leads her to doubt her initial impassioned beliefs. And suddenly an ordinary girl finds herself a central player in an extraordinary story of intrigue, love and betrayal.
Vanessa Hannam lives in London and the Isle of Wight with her family. She was a journalist for many years working on Harpers and Queen, the Telegraph and the Observer.