For most of her twenty-one years, Jordan Klassen has been taught to fear the world beyond the borders of her home country of Midland. The world has changed drastically in the past few centuries, and only in Midland can she be assured of safety and peace. So when her free-spirited sister Kai arranges for the two of them to travel to the neighbouring nation of Cascadia for a vacation, Jordan accepts the offer with nervous excitement.
Arriving in Cascadia, Jordan is enthralled by the colourful, lively culture of the Cascadian people. But the dream vacation turns into a nightmare when Jordan is kidnapped by slave traders and sold to a man named Khan, a powerful hotel mogul in need of a servant girl. Her fortunes change again when Khan and his wife Anamika decide that instead of being a servant, Jordan will be wed to their son Rahim, a young man who is kind and intelligent but has had difficulty finding a bride due to his being born with a twisted left foot.
Jordan enters into the marriage determined to escape as soon as possible, fearing the prospects of conforming to a culture she does not understand, becoming a part of the wealthy but dysfunctional family that has bought her, and sharing a life with a young man whom she has just met. As time goes by, though, Jordan begins to find a home in the strange culture and family that she has been thrust into. And even though she and Rahim are vastly different from one another, each of them has strength and perspective that the other one needs, and unexpected love begins to blossom between them.
Love can be a difficult thing, though, because it can require a person to do what is right in order to help the other, regardless of personal cost. And doing what is right can unleash a storm of strange, unexpected events that will wreak havoc on all who stand in its wake...