5 - year timeline Year one - betrothal period involving the beginning the storm led by those who do not want someone who is not noble to be king. Year two - first year of marriage. Private disagreements turn into small public riots. Year three - Leannah loses their first baby. Civil war breaks out when the opposing forces crown Garret King of Rhydelle. Year four - Leannah loses baby two and falls into a slight depression. Seth struggles with being there for his wife and leading his kingdom. Year five - Leannah gives birth to their son. Ava arrives when conditions are so bad she cannot provide for her daughter. So Seth, being the honorable man he is, will want to save Ava and his daughter from the perils of the civil war and will invite her to stay inside the castle with his wife and newborn son. This doesn't sit well with Leannah. She purposely stays away and shuns Ava and the little girl. In an altercation with Leannah, Ava leaves the castle, to get fresh air or something. Whatever it is. There she becomes a casualty of the revolts, forcing Leannah to adopt Seth's bastard child.