This book is the 2nd book in the Sphinx's series.Nefertiti, the lead character, is a strong, loving young adult. The second book was as good as the first. It is about love, Nefertiti learns to love a slave girl, as well as the accident prone prince. In this book, she is accused of killing the Great King's to be's Cat. After being accused she had to be locked in a room, like prison. She could only have a couple visitors, mostly the slave girl and the younger prince, occasionally one of the may princesses.Amenophis and Nava, the slave girl she set free in the first book, and Amenophis in the youngest prince who eventually help Nefertiti escape. When they escape their boat was crashed by a hippo and Nefertiti went one way while Amenophis and Nava went another trying to escape the hippo's. They spent to next 2 days trying to find each other. once they were united they had to move fast because Amenophis brother was on this way. they were caught, and take back to the palace. Then Nefertiti started to make friends with Amenophis 's bother ( Sorry I forgot his name!!!). They made a deal, it was more like a ran. NO it was a race! it was on lap around the pond. Nefertiti won and was free to marry anyone she wanted, Which was Amenophis! Also adopting Nava, if she wanted to. This is a great book! it is full of love, adventurer, and Egyptian History. Estner Friesner is my favorite author. I have read 4 of her books. Back to this book, it a great book for anyone with any interest in powerful woman. It is a must read!