Princess Charlotte’s 18th birthday vacation is about to take a turn toward adventure.
Off the northwest coast of Alkebulan, far from her home of Swerighe, Charlotte and her maid Caroline are kidnapped, spirited away on a pirate ship pulled by giant manta rays, and sold as slaves to a reclusive sheikh. But Charlotte is having none of that. How dare they treat her like this?
The determined northlander and her servant are soon joined by Khepri, a healer in the employ of the sheikh, and Christianne, a fellow slave, in a daring plot to regain their freedom. But so much stands in their way, from marauders and a deadly manticore, to a mysterious oasis that holds secrets they can’t begin to fathom.
The odds are against Charlotte and her companions surviving and making their way back home. Alkebulan can be a dangerous place for a foreign princess. Charlotte will be forced to make some major adjustments if she and the others are to survive this journey.