Czar Frederico weeps. He's lost his twelfth wife, one he love well. As women prepare themselves to be number thirteen, Frederio receives a silver sliver that connects him to some dream world where he meets the woman who stops his weeping and makes him want to marry again. He sends men all over the world to find her. They worry that they are only dreams--until Frederico investigates something his people have long forbidden. Not only are they correct, but also for a thousand years, a war's been brewing.
This may be may favorite of his Scholes' stories.