a splendid processional through the streets of Shalamar, King
Kristof must deal with his son's accusations. Prince Tanner is adamant
Kristof should do more to protect
the Bridge Elan—and to keep Brendoor (their neighboring country) from
encroaching on their land. Mischief is underfoot, Tanner is sure of
Kristof doesn't believe his son's claims, certain all is well in his
Tanner sees only one
option—he must go
undercover and find out for himself what Brendoor is up to.
arrive at the castle unexpectedly. Cranky and demanding, Queen Terise
Gwendal, Queen Dalynn's aunt and niece from Brendoor, turn the place
upside down with their pushy manners. They demand to see Prince
Tanner, announcing they have business
the future king of Shalamar—much to King Kristof's
annoyance. They refuse to leave until Tanner is found. Their escort,
Vancer, informs the
king the Bridge Elan is in terrible disrepair. King Kristof can't
imagine how his family heirloom could be in ruin.
Tanner hears Princess Gwendal is in the castle, he
remains hidden in the forest. Julia comes to him and they discuss his
plan to go away until the
coast is clear. He wants nothing to do with
Brendoor's elite and the plans they have for him.
Gwendal delights in the idea of becoming queen of two
countries—Brendoor and Shalamar. If Prince Tanner would just show
up, she could convince him of her plan.
sends Kenton, his counselor, to investigate the claims about the Bridge
Elan and to see what mischief is brewing in Brendoor. Kenton
returns with news. The Bridge is not in disrepair, but the Brendorian
guards have taken over the Bridge and are
exacting money from those who pass. Also, a grand
celebration is in preparation in Brendoor. A wedding ceremony—for
Princess Gwendal and Prince Tanner! At this news, King Kristof is
outraged. He demands Terise and Gwendal leave Shalamar
within the hour!
finds Vancer spying on the castle. He wants to throw the man in the
worse! But kind-hearted Julia wants to question Vancer
herself. King Kristof allows this, and Julia discovers he was sent to
Shalamar to find and kidnap Prince
revelation sets the stage for a showdown between King Kristof and the
royalty of Brendoor—and his desperate need to find his son, the heir of