Desire and murder on a forsaken island of exile.
In 1815, after the battle of Waterloo, Napoleon Bonaparte and a few loyal followers are exiled to St. Helena. On this remote, volcanic island, Amélie Perrault, the daughter of Napoleon’s head chef, struggles with her low station in life and a fascination with the fallen French emperor. When her beautiful singing voice catches Napoleon’s attention, she is drawn into his clash with their British jailers, court intrigues, and a burgeoning sexual attraction.
Napoleon is soured on love, yet this young woman’s selfless devotion tugs at his heart. After political maneuvers fail to release him from the island, he desires freedom no matter the risk—but will he desert the only woman who has loved him for himself?
Elysium, in Greek mythology, is where the gods are sent to die. Amélie suspects someone in their entourage is poisoning the emperor. Will she uncover the culprit in time and join in Napoleon’s last great battle plan, a dangerous escape?
“Does His Majesty anticipate he’ll be released from here, or taken someplace…more accessible?”
“I believe he does. The emperor wrote in protest to England’s prince, but received no reply. Time will tell what we must do next.”
The rigging and ship’s fabric creaked around them. Amélie shifted with the slight roll of the deck and appreciated the concern on the valet’s face for his master’s plight. She coveted his closeness with their emperor.
“This is a terrible fall. Our emperor will have to rely on people he never did before.” She ran her ragged thumbnail along her tongue and compared their sovereign, this voyage, to the trials of Odysseus. Was she a rope-thin Calypso? Amélie faced the island with a frown. They’d come to the end of the wine-dark sea. Did opportunities or demons await?