From the back cover:
"Black Jade. Beautiful child-woman who dreamed of being as free as the wind-- until her exquisite charms caught the eye of China's irresistibly handsome Emperor, Shih-min. Amidst the splendor and opulence of the 7th century Tang court, and in Shih-min's possessive embrace, Jade learned the ancient secrets of Oriental eroticism - and the power of her own body. Propelled by a willful intelligence and a thirst for power, Jade lured the Emperor's son into marriage and rose from a lowly concubine to become Empress of China. Here, in a world of passionate alliances and cold-blooded intrigues, of majesty, mystery, and spectacle, is the compelling saga of the seductive and indomitable Black Jade, the only woman ever to rule China from the exalted Dragon Throne."