Master horseman, Henrik of Rickenvatten, finds himself in the foreign imperial palace of Chienhu. A stranger in a strange land. His skills brought him under the scrutiny of the Grand Secretary and the admiration of Princess Jing. His only hope is to keep his fugitive past hidden while trying to break the curse plaguing his future. If the Emperor discovers the truth it could mean his life. If the Princess discovers the truth it could mean his heart.