17 years ago, King Odysseus sailed to war with Troy, taking with him every man of fighting age. None of them have returned to Ithaca, and the women have been left to run the kingdom. Penelope was barely into womanhood when she wed Odysseus. Whilst he lived, her position was secure. But now, speculation is mounting that her husband is dead, and suitors are starting to knock at her door. Between Penelope's many suitors, a cold war of dubious alliances and hidden knives reigns, as everyone waits for the balance of power to tip one way or another. Only through cunning and her spy network of maids can she maintain the delicate balance of power needed for the kingdom to survive. On Ithaca, everyone watches everyone else, and there is no corner of the palace where intrigue does not reign.