Rebecca Beauvelley is a ruined woman. In a moment of girlish folly, she allowed a high-flying young man to take her up in his phaeton, not realizing that he was drunk. When he dropped the ribbons, she recovered them, but not in time to avoid disaster.
The young man was killed in the accident. Rebecca survived, with a withered arm to remind her of the wages of folly, and a reputation in tatters. Living retired at her fathers country house, she takes up her avocation of herbalist and gardener, and does her best to cultivate patience and prepare herself for the life of a spinster.
Now, against all expectation, her father has found someone, an elderly roue, who will marry her. Rebeccas life seems set, and she resigned to it, when Altimere, a Fey, appears and uses his small power to show her two futures In the first, she is abused and neglected as the dutiful wife; in the second, she is dressed and bejeweled like a princess. Rebecca chooses the second future and elopes with Altimere.
Unfortunately, Altimere has an agenda of his own. Rebeccas very defects - most especially her withered arm, her willfulness, and her way with plants - are in Fey eyes virtues. And Rebecca becomes an ignorant and unwitting pawn in a complex game to depose the Fey Queen.
Friendless, alone of her kind in the country of the Fey, Rebecca is soon Altimeres accomplice in treason, wrapt in a glittering enchantment she has no hope of breaking. Or does she?