Scene: a world not of this world but in it—where a transparent palace hangs suspended in mid-air and tiny fairies twinkle here and there...where a traitorous king holds court before elven lords and ladies...and where fantastical tragedies and capricious romances reach out to entangle mortal souls... Enter: William Shakespeare And now the disappearance of young Will Shakespeare's wife and newborn daughter creates a mystery that draws the Bard into a realm beyond imagination...and beyond reality. Held captive by the devious ruler of the elves and fairies, Shakespeare's family appears lost to him forever. But an alluring elf named Quicksilver takes a fancy to Shakespeare-and sees a chance to set things right. Can a mere schoolteacher win his wife back from a king? Or will Shakespeare fall prey to his own desires—and the cunning schemes of the unpredictable elf?