Born a Prince of Terre d'Ange, Imriel de la Courcel bears a legacy he despises. His father was Benedicte de la Courcel, great-uncle to the D'Angeline Queen, Ysandre, who evaded conviction for treason by dying before he could be tried. His mother is Melisande Shahrizai, the brilliant traitoress who nearly usurped her nation's throne… twice.
Raised in an isolated sanctuary, unwitting of his heritage, Imriel was kidnapped as a young boy and sold into slavery in the deadly kingdom of Drujan. There he endured a living nightmare of cruelty and abuse until his rescue by Phèdre nó Delaunay, the Comtesse de Montrève, and her consort, the Cassiline Brother Joscelin Verreuil, who restored him to Terre d'Ange against overwhelming odds and adopted him into their household.
Life in the country estate of Montrève is bucolic and serene, but the entanglements of court life are never far away. Imriel is surrounded by enemies who would gladly see him dead-and their distrust intensifies when his mother, Melisande, vanishes. With the onset of adolescence, Imriel discovers the darker aspects of Kushiel's legacy within himself, and finds with horror that he reacts to Phèdre's nature as an anguissette; Kushiel's Chosen.
Beset by desires he reviles and political obligations he rejects, Imriel flees to become a student in the ancient city of Tiberium in Caerdicca Unitas. There, he undertakes a course of study with an underlying agenda: To find the person who trained Anafiel Delaunay, Phèdre's mentor, in the arts of covertcy. If he can do so, it may be that he can undertake to solve a greater mystery and determine the whereabouts of his mother.
Intrigue, dalliance, friends and enemies await Imriel in Tiberium; but no one could anticipate the events that will shape his life. A child of his birth parents' blood and his foster parents' spirit, damaged by childhood trauma, he must find a way to reconcile his conflicted nature. Blessed Elua bids all D'Angelines, "Love as thou wilt." For Imriel nó Montrève de la Courcel, discovering how to obey the precept of Blessed Elua will prove a challenging journey, fraught with sorrow and joy.
And this is only the beginning of it...