Seven noble families fight for control of the mythical land of Westeros. Political and sexual intrigue is pervasive. Robert Baratheon, King of Westeros, asks his old friend Eddard, Lord Stark, to serve as Hand of the King, or highest official. Secretly warned that the previous Hand was assassinated, Eddard accepts in order to investigate further. Meanwhile the Queen's family, the Lannisters, may be hatching a plot to take power. In Season 2, Game of Thrones mostly covers the events of A Clash of Kings, the second book of the A Song of Ice and Fire novels by George R. R. Martin, of which the series is an adaptation.