Joey was never meant to be king. The Night Rider is gone, but Aon's battles are far from over. With Joey's disputed coronation comenot only rumors of a royal challenge to his throne, but sinister whispers of war. To keep his countrysafe, Joey gives his hand to a foreign princess, denying himself the only person he has everloved-Elizabeth, the Keeper-while driving a wedge between himself and everyone he cares about. Trapped in a storm of conflict, he carries a secret he's desperate to keep, but cannot control. As he battles to keep allies happy, the first rule of reign becomes immediately clear. Trust no one. But there are worse things to fear. His secret threatens to expose him and he struggles to keephis emotions at bay, and the second rule of reign comes in a sobering reality. Every crown comes with a price. The question is: is he willing to pay it?