BOOK 3 – MISTS OF PALENQUE SERIES: The ancient Mayan city of Lakam Ha (Palenque) has a new young ruler, K’inich Janaab Pakal. His mother and prior ruler, Sak K’uk, selects his wife, the Red Queen. From a small city, Lalak is shy and homely, overwhelmed by the complex royal court and her mother-in-law’s hostility. She is puzzled by her husband’s aloofness and seeks to understand family secrets. She struggles to find her place and win Pakal’s love, because he is smitten by a now-banished beauty. Lalak sees she can play a pivotal role in Pakal’s destiny, by bringing the immense forces of sexual alchemy to help him restore the collapsed spiritual portal. But first he must contend with shamanic forces bent on defeating his mission, and come to view his wife in a new light.
Modern archeologist Francesca, ten years after discovery of the Red Queen’s tomb, continues her research on the mysterious crimson skeleton. She teams up with British linguist Charlie to decipher an ancient manuscript left by her grandmother. It gives clues about family secrets that propel them to explore what a remote Mayan village can reveal.