The nation is still recovering from the Norman invasion three years earlier - and adjusting to life under its sometimes brutal new rulers.
A young girl trembles in the shadows of what was once her home.
Avis is homeless and penniless, and with no family left alive, she is forced to become a ward of Richard, the Norman lord who has taken her home. But when King William decrees that Norman lords must marry Anglo-Saxon women Avis must make a terrible choice.
Either marry the repulsive Richard or take a chance on another Norman, Melville, a man she has never met.
Soon she realises that survival in a time of turmoil and war depends on of putting aide the prejudices of the past And if she can do so, kingdoms and hearts can still be among her 'Conquests'.
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