373 ad. in the thick forests of malwa, an enigmatic stranger gallops into an ambush attack by bandits to rescue a young courtesan, darshini. his name is deva and he is the younger son of emperor samudragupta. that chance encounter, first with deva and later with his two friends, the loyal general saba virasena and the great poet kalidas, forges a bond that lasts a lifetime. from a dispossessed prince, deva goes on to become one of the greatest monarchs in ancient india, chandragupta vikramaditya. but the search for glory comes with a blood price. as chandragupta the emperor sets aside deva the brother, lover and friend, to build a glorious destiny for himself, his companions go from being his biggest champions to his harshest critics.
a sabre-rattling tale of love, revenge, friendship and ambition, the king within is about the often-difficult choice between the power of passion and the passion for power.