An eighteen-year-old runaway wife, Viscountess Ermengarde has won her inheritance, the Viscounty of Narbonne. Now she must keep it. Having failed to defeat her in battle, her vengeful husband, the Count of Toulouse, seeks to destroy her by plotting with the Templars and the Archbishop of Narbonne. Inexperienced and alone, surrounded by enemies, who can she trust? How is she to rule and counter the forces aligned against her? The novel is based on the life of Ermengarde of Narbonne (1126?-1196).