Killing a man in the heat of the moment, violating a sacred peace among the criminals of Ralon's Bend, a young thief called Joren sets off a chain of events he could never have imagined. He gets banished from his home, caught up in the political intrigue of nations, and wanders the world with his friend, Mattal, the only witness to Joren's crime, trying to fix the mess he caused.
The only way to do that is to become royals - or at least to pretend. But can they carry the deception far enough to save a kingdom, a princess, and 100 years of peace? And if they're found out, can they spare their own necks from the hangman's noose?