London, 1385. Surrounded by ruthless courtiers, England's young, still untested king, Richard II, is in mortal peril. Songs are heard across London-- catchy verses said to originate from an ancient book that prophesies the end of England's kings-- and among the book's predictions is Richard's assassination. To find the manuscript, wily bureaucrat Geoffrey Chaucer turns to fellow poet John Gower, a professional trader in information. Gower discovers that the book has fallen into the unwitting hands of innocents, who will be drawn into a labyrinthine conspiracy that reaches from the king's court to London's slums. As the intrigue deepens, it becomes clear that Gower may be the last hope to save a king from a terrible fate.