The epic first novel in a sweeping series following the romantic lives and intrigues of the fictionalized descendants of a Chinese empressânow in paperback! Â Behind every great family lies a great secret. Thereâs one rule in Gemma Huangâs family: Never, under any circumstances, set foot in Beijing. But when Gemma, an aspiring actress, lands her first breakâa lead role in an update of M. Butterfly, which just so happens to be filming in the Chinese capitalâGemma heads to LAX without looking back. Itâs an amazing opportunity for her burgeoning career, and sheâll get to work with her idol. Of course, thereâs also the chance of discovering just exactly why sheâs been forbidden from entering the city in the first place. When Gemma arrives in Beijing, sheâs instantly mobbed by paparazzi at the airport. She quickly realizes she may as well be the twin of Alyssa Chua, one of the most notorious young socialites in Beijing. Thus kicks off a season of revelations and romance in which Gemma uncovers a legacy her parents have spent their lives protecting her fromâone her mother would conceal at any cost.