When seventeen-year-old heiress Averie Winston travels with her guardian to faraway Chiarrin, she looks forward to a reunion with her father, who is a commanding general, seeing her handsome fiancé Morgan once more, and exploring the strange new country. What she finds is entirely different. Although the Chiarizzi appear to tolerate the invading army, rebels have already tried to destroy them; Morgan is not the man she thought he was; and she finds herself falling in love with Lieutenant Ket Dukai, who himself comes from a conquered society. Can the irrepressible Averie remake herself in this new world? Sharon Shinns newest romance has an epic sweep, piquant humor, social commentary, and love to spare just the thing when you want to lose yourself in another world.