Two Empresses centers around two young women who are cousins, Marie Josèphe Rose Tascher de La Pagerie and Aimée du Buc de Rivéry, growing up in Martinique.
Annette Chetwynd is the apple of her father's eye and a source of endless envy for her mother. A sickly creature with a propensity for fainting spells, she is conducted everywhere by her attendant, Miss Lucy Haawk.
The five de Mailly-Nesle sisters live in the paradisiacal Quai des Théatins with their parents, the Marquis and Marquise de Nesle et de Mailly.
Lizzie Boylston, our heroine stands on the threshold of her home as she watches her husband, Jeb, depart for war. There is a sense of foreboding...