For hundreds of years, the Royal family of Isadora has been forced to choose their spouses from eligible commoners within the ten Wards of the country. For hundreds of years, these common families have lived in fear of losing the people they love most to a world that they may never understand. Twenty-year-old Marilisa Rivers is an independent, stubborn young woman who works as a healer in Ward Six. She is dragged away from her home, her family, and her boyfriend when she is Chosen by Prince Alexander. She must spend the next six months in the palace with the Royal family and her fellow Chosen as she prepares for her wedding and the day she is to be crowned queen. But adjusting to life as a Royal isn't her biggest problem; it's trying to fall in love with Alexander while he struggles to fall in love with her, too. In the midst of a painful love triangle, separation from her loved ones, and an earth-shattering war, Marilisa and Alexander try to create a bond that will last a lifetime. With her outspoken nature and his inability to communicate, it seems like they'll be trapped in a loveless marriage. They soon discover that even the most unconventional of arrangements can result in relationships unlike anything the world has ever seen. How they choose to respond to this discovery, though, is the ultimate test.