A short story set before the events of The Wrath of Lords. Before he was her greatest weapon, he was her enemy. Nora of Connacht has a war to win. Esben Berengar, the most dangerous man in the five kingdoms of Fál, has other plans. Abducted by Berengar, Nora seeks to escape before her captor delivers her to the Ice Queen for reasons of his own. Nora regards Berengar as a heartless monster; Berengar thinks Nora is a naïve idealist. But there is more to each than the other suspects, and even monsters can do the unexpected.