Unwanted at home, Molly goes to work for the king of Westria as a humble scullery maid. She arrives at the castle with no education, no manners, and a very disturbing secret: She sees visions, and those visions always come true.
One day, while she's working in the king's great hall, young Prince Alaric passes by. Molly finds him unbearably handsome - but also unbearably rude. But what does it really matter? She'll probably never see him again.
In time Molly is promoted to polishing silver and is given a priceless royal treasure to work on: the king's great ceremonial hand basin. But there's something odd about it. The silver warms to her touch, a voice commands her to watch and listen, and then the visions appear. They tell the story of a dreaded curse that has stalked the royal family for years. There have already been deaths; soon there will be more.
As tragedy after tragedy strikes the royal family, Molly can't help but wonder: Will the beautiful Alaric be next? Together with her friends Tobias and Winifred, Molly must protect the prince and destroy the curse. Could a less likely champion be found to save the kingdom of Westria?
Diane Stanley is the author of The Cup and the Crown and The Silver Bowl, which received three starred reviews and was named a Best Fantasy and Science Fiction Book of the Year by Kirkus Reviews. She is also the author of the critically acclaimed Saving Sky, winner of the Arab American Book Award, and Bella at Midnight, a School Library Journal Best Book of the Year and an ALA Booklist Editors' Choice. In addition, Diane has written and illustrated award-winning picture-book biographies and a number of creatively reimagined fairy tales. She lives in Santa Fe, NM.