This story takes place in the past and the future--it bounces around a lot. Basically, a royal boy is murdered and a servant is the prime suspect. Like a true Law and Order mystery, the servant goes about trying to find who really killed the royal boy. Government unrest between rulers is also described. The ending the bridges the many gaps in the story seems contemporary amidst the historical themes. Poetry and cryptology included make the book entertaining. The author even includes references for historical tidbits. Readers may have to reread segments of this book to keep up with the plot.