From a former CIA
officer comes a riveting account of a royal Middle Eastern family exiled to the
There: In an unnamed country, fifteen-year-old Laila has
always lived like royalty. Her father is a dictator of sorts, though she knows
him as king—just as his father was, and just as her little brother Bastien will
be one day. Then everything changes: Laila’s father is killed in a coup.
Here: As war surges, Laila flees to a life of exile in the suburbs
of Washington, DC. Overnight she becomes a nobody. Even as she adjusts to a new
school and new friends, she is haunted by the past. Was her father really a
dictator like the American newspapers say? What was the cost of her family’s
Far from feeling guilty, her mother is engineering a power
play—conspiring with CIA operatives and rebel factions to gain a foothold to
the throne. Laila can’t bear to stand still as yet another international crisis
takes shape around her. But how can one girl stop a conflict that spans
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