He thought it would be a simple matter of taking it from the navel of the woman on whom it rested, but when she turns out to be its guard, his plans are changed drastically. Ellard brings Kyra with him as he travels to recover the other stones. Forced to work together to identify the person trying to overthrow the monarchy and discredit magic, they discover an attraction they can't fight. Kyra has never before wanted a lasting relationship with any man, but Ellard touches her heart, making her reevaluate old assumptions and long for love. Ellard feels the same way, but those who hold the position of vizier are prohibited from marrying. When he completes his task, he must lose the only woman he has ever loved. Will the memories of their erotic adventures be enough to sustain him when duty calls?