1936. The nation has a new king, Edward VIII. But it is a turbulent time: poverty and unemployment affect many, but trouble few among the ruling elite. Oswald Mosley's New Party seems to offer the vision of the future. May Thomas' first job as a secretary to Sir Philip Blunt will open her eyes to the upper echelons of British society. Secrets are everywhere, most dangerous of all the horror that few in Britain dare voice: the inevitability of another war.