Norfolk 1540 Thirteen-year old Matilda Marchmont lives a dull life in the country - riding her horse, mixing her family's medicines, imagining herself to be a witch and writing in her secret diary. She longs for the glamour and thrills of life at court, led by her ultrafashionable young cousin Katherine Howard. And then one night something DOES happen. She is to be sent to court too, as a lady in waiting and spy, to help further Katherine's marriage chances with King Henry the Eighth himself. Matilda is drawn into a glittering world of intrigue, intense friendship and mortal danger which takes her from Hampton Court Palace to the Bloody Tower itself.