Threatened by pirates and beset by outlaws from its wild hills, the beautiful Aegean island of Mytilene is a dangerous place in the 15th century – the final years of the Byzantine Empire.
Nabila, daughter of the commander of the fortified town of Sigura, is desperate to escape, to see the world and seek her own destiny. However, her father Andreas is concerned only to see her safely married and settled, regardless of her wishes.
Her cunning and courage, together with knowledge of the local herbs and wild plants – both deadly and benign – are the only weapons Nabila has to face the surrounding dangers and her father’s plans.
But placing her trust in Alexis, a man sworn to take revenge on her father, is to gamble with both her honour and her life . . .