When Caroline, a struggling designer, finds a strange quilt with a curious verse embroidered into its lining, she makes a startling discovery and uncovers the extraordinary story of two women whose lives collide with devastating consequences.
The British empire was on the verge of revolution and at the centre of events are the Stuart sisters: Mary the Queen, and Anne the Queen-to-be, continually haunted by the memory of their father, James II, whom they have wronged.
After years of being the young widow of Arthur, Katharine of Aragon is pleased to be married to Arthur's younger brother Henry, the king of England. She is 25 to his 20 and still of childbearing age. She becomes pregnant over and over, but when no child survives, Henry blames her. Also after her mother's death, her greedy father takes advantage.