The beautiful, impetuous Shalah is betrothed to marry Rolfmuke, Grand Butcher of the Vichy Horde. But the lady harbors a dark secret, one that threatens not only her life but her family’s as well. Hemlon, handsome and dashing yet scarred by his past, is faced with a difficult choice. He can honor an obligation that would ensure the perpetuation of his tribe; or, he can follow his heart straight into the arms of a woman who has promised herself to another. Together, they will risk everything for a love that can move mountains.