Adonijah was the eldest son of King David (of David and Goliath fame) and therefore first in line for the throne. However it is said God favoured King Solomon and said it was his will that Solomon succeed the throne. This would have been a great upset to Adonijah, rightly expecting his ascension to King. King David was sick, unable, as he put it, to “stay warm”, “So they sought for a beautiful young woman throughout all the territory of Israel, and found Abishag the Shunammite, and brought her to the king. The young woman was very beautiful, and she was of service to the king and attended to him, but the king knew her not.” (1 Kings 1) The pair have a great impact upon Clara Bow, despite living in the 10th Century BC. The events described in the novel are taken from the Bible (Kings), but, their names are only mentioned in reference to the tale of David and Solomon. Because Abishag was given to King David as a nurse, when he died, she would belong to the next King. Adonijah naturally assumed this would be him, but when it turned out to be Solomon, he asked his mother, who was held in good favour in the court, to ask for the hand of Abishag. This was to be his undoing. But why would he do such a foolish thing, knowing his brother would be unable to comply? Knowing the request would condemn him to die.
The answer to this question and the complete, previously untold story, are contained within Clara Bow and the Seal of Solomon.