Catherine de Medici of France and Queen Elizabeth of England -- two women with the power to shape the destiny of their countries. Caught between their secret envoys were the Englishman Raphael and Louise de Granvelle. But what was an Englishman doing at the Medici court in Paris? Was he part of the intrigues that led to the massacre on St Bartholomew's Eve? Fate had thrust the dashing stranger into Louise's path when he rescued her from the ferocious mob. Raphael had saved her life -- but did this mean she belonged to him?