This erotic novella tells the story of an aging woman's sexual reawakening, set in a contentious and dynamic period of Ancient Egypt.
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Queen Nefertiti, once a celebrated beauty, is no longer young. To her dismay, her husband - the controversial Akhenaten, pharaoh and religious reformer - commissions a famous artist to sculpt Nefertiti's bust. This would be intolerable enough, if the sculptor, Thutmose, did not turn out to be so impossibly attractive. Even as Egypt crumbles around her, and her pharaoh husband falls into decline, Nefertiti finds herself falling in love in the autumn of her life.