A further delving into the secrets of the Pharaohs follows the fortunes of Senmut, a farmer's son who attracts the attention of two lords of Thothmes I and is given the chance to study at Thehes. His wide interests and vision speed his rise; the Princess Hat-shep-sut, who becomes Queen and later King, favors him and forwards his plans for greater tombs, uses his ideas to further her desire for peace. But enemies and envy create sabotage and acts of violence and finally betray him when Thothmes III and his followers aim for power. Senmut's love for Hat-shep-sut brings him back from captivity to help her when she is a prisoner of the new Pharaoh. The 1500's B.C. in minute detail make an Egyptian dynasty an intimate thing.