Thomas Merritt grew up in a poor section of the capital city of Proster. A noble lord took pity on him and let Thomas get an education, which Thomas used to the full extent he could. In his retirement, Thomas found the time to write two books of fiction.
Prince Kenneth expects little from his life aside from the usual princely activities, which would turn into kingly activities eventually, but his life changes in an evening. His father's annual masquerade ball is the meeting place for Prince Kenneth and a hummingbird of unknown origin. This meeting is anything but chance and the consequences will shatter the kingdom.