Tilda began her journey vowing to free her people from suffering - but she has lost her way. Though her attempts to regain her stolen throne have failed, Tilda forces her army to continue waging a futile war without pay or food. She has become what she hated - a heartless ruler. And rebellion brews among the ranks. To save Tilda from herself, Tankred forges a secret alliance with Hellier, the leader of the populous revolution. With their help, Tilda could win the war. But she'd have to give her power back to her people. Will Tilda see the error of her ways and return to her original path? And can she do so in time to save Bertil from the hangman's noose?