Set in eleventh-century Britain, Bracewell's striking debut tells the story of Emma, queen consort to King Aethelred II. In 1002, 15-year-old Emma of Normandy crosses the "Narrow Sea" to marry the much older British king. Thrust into an unfamiliar and treacherous court, Emma must defend herself against her enemies and secure her status as queen by bearing a son. But her growing love for a man who is not her husband jeopardizes both her crown and her life. A fascinating tale of power and forbidden love.