Lucy Cornwallis is confectioner to King Henry VIII. The only woman in a kitchen of two hundred men, she sculpts sugar into fantastic 'subtleties', for royal celebrations - and tries to avoid the twisted complexities of court life. Anne Boleyn - stunning, ambitious, headstrong - has changed the history of England. By taking Henry from his wife the new Queen has now made enemies of all but a favored few. Powerful forces are gathering to make her pay dearly for her prize. And now the innocent Lucy and her musician confidante Mark Smeaton are caught in the maelstrom that will claim her life - and could destroy their dreams . . .