Elizabeth Woodville, a widowed commoner, waits by the roadside with her two young sons. Her husband has been killed fighting for deposed Lancastrian King Henry VI and her wealth has been confiscated. Her only hope is to try to catch the eye of her family’s greatest enemy, York King Edward IV. It works, and the king stops and visits her family home at Grafton.
Elizabeth’s coronation ends up being a very grand affair. She and her mother Jacquetta then get to work, marrying off her siblings to the nobility to make sure of their family’s security, and create a royal family loyal to Edward as he attempts to bring peace to England. The Lancastrians are stripped of their titles and Margaret Beaufort is determined to do something about it.
In an effort to further her son's claim to the throne, Margaret joins Warwick's rebellion against Edward. The rebellion fails though and the traitors are forced to flee for their lives. Jasper Tudor goes into exile, while Warwick and George make their way to France. Elizabeth and Jacquetta turn to witchcraft to try and stop them.
Warwick is dubious of George's loyalty so sends Isabel back to England to keep him on side. Anne is forced to trust old enemies. Edward secretly visits Elizabeth.
Elizabeth is worried that Edward is allowing Henry Tudor to return back home from exile. Edward reveals to her that he would rather have his enemies close. After Edward suddenly becomes extremely ill he names his brother Richard as Lord Protector on his deathbed. Elizabeth is devastated following his death as she is no longer Queen and her fortunes have gone.