Four years have passed since Berenice's execution, and Arsinoe and Cleopatra face a harrowing choice: to allow the Roman army to siphon power from their ailing father, or to take matters--and the dynasty--into their own hands.
The Piper’s death ushers in a new era for Alexandria as Cleopatra and her younger brother, Ptolemy, ascend the throne. Long overlooked by his father in favor of the beguiling Cleopatra, eleven-year-old Ptolemy is desperate to assert himself as a man and as a king. But he and his advisors are no match for Queen Cleopatra, who's quick to establish her primacy throughout the land—from Alexandria to Upper Egypt.
When, a year later, Cleopatra alienates Rome's remaining legions and flees the palace, Ptolemy finally gets his first taste of power, though not without its complications: Arsinoe and Cleopatra have rallied an army in Syria, and Ptolemy must prepare to meet their forces head-on and prove his ruthlessness to Rome. Despite mounting doubts about where Cleopatra’s loyalties lie, Arsinoe has remained faithful to her sister. But when news comes that Cleopatra has manipulated Julius Caesar to regain the throne and embraced Rome's dominance, Arsinoe grapples with the unsettling realization that the Piper and his foibles live on in Cleopatra...
Torn between her warring siblings and her own nascent hunger to lead, Arsinoe must choose between her sister or her country—a decision that will determine the fate of a kingdom and the course of history.