Just before her sixteenth birthday, Princess Katerina is informed she will not be inheriting the throne of the Empire of the Ice-Bear-merely because of her sex. Married off to a foreign lord and exiled to a provincial backwater, she is having none of it-and murders her husband on their wedding night. Determined to have her revenge and regain the throne, she will destroy anyone who stands in her way. Katerina embarks on a perilous voyage in search of the wealth and power she needs to achieve her ambitious goals.
And in the Laut Besar, a region of thousands of islands, a pampered prince sets off on a mad quest of his own-to recover the ancient sword of his royal father. Prince Jun, aided only by his decrepit servant and a young fisher girl, tracks the sword and the sorcerer who has stolen it and fled far across the islands. But Jun's fate is drawing him toward the fabulously wealthy city of Singarasam, toward Katerina and a shattering conflict that will change the course of the whole world.