In this "lively and fast-paced debut" with "plenty of action and plot twists" (Kirkus Reviews), a secret society of young women make up Elizabeth Is most trusted royal guard. If God wont save the Queenthey will. Orphan Meg Fellowes makes her living picking pocketsuntil she steals from the wrong nobleman.
Instead of rotting in prison like she expected, shes whisked away to the court of Queen Elizabeth and pressed into royal service, where she joins four other remarkable girls in the Maids of Honor, the Queens secret society of protectors. Megs natural abilities as a spy prove useful in this time of unrest. The Spanish Court is visiting, and with them come devious plots and hidden political motives.
As threats to the kingdom begin to mount, Meg cant deny her growing attraction to one of the dashing Spanish courtiers. But its hard to trust her heart in a place where royal formalities and masked balls hide the truth. Megs mission tests every talent she possesses, even her loyalty to her fellow Maids.
With danger lurking around every corner, can she stay aliveand protect the crown?