He was the hero of a hundred songs and stories, the sorcerer pirate whose name struck terror into every captain on the nine seas. Bold and dashing, wily and clever, the Prince of Venya was as deadly to his foes as he was to his followers. A single smile from him had the power to melt a woman's bones within her flesh. And he was her only hope.
Alone, desperate and fleeing for her life from her murderous uncle, Rose of Valinor seeks help from the one person who could outwit her uncle, the man he forced into exile, the legendary Prince of Venya. But the man Rose finds is nothing like the stories - rather than a chivalric ideal, the real Prince is cynical, hardened and cool. And refuses her plea.
Florian of Venya's one goal in life is to free his people from the despotic rule of the usurper King Richard and he has no intention of letting Richard's niece distract him from his goal. Especially since he suspects her of being not only a madwoman, but a spy as well. But when they're forced to work together or risk being trapped by Richard, they're able to see beyond to the souls beneath, and find in each other a love neither believed possible.