Though he battled for years to marry her, Henry has become disenchanted with Anne Boleyn. She has failed to give the king a son, and her sharp intelligence and audacious will have alienated his old friends and the noble families of England. After the death of the discarded Katherine, Anne is exposed to malicious gossip. As a word from Henry, Thomas Cromwell is ready to bring her down. Over a few terrifying weeks, Anne is ensnared in a web of conspiracy, while the demure Jane Seymour stands waiting her turn for the poisoned wedding ring. But Anne and her powerful family will not yield without ferocious struggle.