Political unrest permeates fourteenth century York as warring factions take sides on who should be the rightful king. Independent minded twenty-year-old Kate Clifford is struggling to dig out from beneath the debt left by her late husband. Determined to find a way to be secure in her own wealth and establish her independence in a male dominated society, Kate acquires a guest house and sets up a business. In a dance of power, she also quietly rents the discreet bedchambers to the wealthy, powerful merchants of York for nights with their mistresses. Business is booming, but the brutal murder of a guest and the disappearance of his female entertainment threatens all that Kate has built. Before others in town hear word of a looming scandal, Kate must call upon all of her hard-won survival skills to save herself from ruin.