Sixteen-year-old Rhona Gustave is forced to ally an enemy in order to save her mother from an unfair execution. Falling in love with that enemy was never a part of the plan. Rhona was born a small, fair creature, and not the sort of fair that means delicate beauty, but the sort that means pale and pasty. The problem is that she was also born a Leotian, and the Leotians are a culture famed for their golden-brown skin. So for Rhona being an outsider has become the status quo. When mercenaries from the neighboring land of Eastonia--Leotia's oldest enemy--arrest her mother for an unthinkable crime, Rhona at last learns the truth about her fairness, and it involves a lot of politics and the Alabaster royal family. Determined to save her mother's life, Rhona heads for Eastonian soil, where she runs headlong into Atticus re Vierre--an Eastonian boy with a troubled past and a mission of his own--and a reluctant alliance between them is formed. From the home of the Eastonian royal family, to the infamous Stuëlen-gar prison, to the Shadelands--the spirit realm between the living and the dead--Rhona devises a way to sabotage her mother's execution while also battling her feelings for the increasingly unpredictable Atticus. An adventurous romance with a touch of the supernatural!