Ariane, a Wallachian Healer forced to tend an ailing Turk, becomes enslaved when the vassals of the four noble brothers who rule the Dark Citadel storm the Turk's stronghold. Lord Stephen, Seneschal of the Citadel, purchases the virginal Healer, and consigns her to the care of two trainers themselves slaves. Her coldly proud owner makes use of Radu's and Antony's extraordinary ability to tame a rebellious new concubine, and turn her into a marvelously responsive partner primed to satisfy her lustful owner.
A gifted leader, Radu forges strong ties binding Antony, Ariane and himself, in order to insure that the three of them enjoy the best possible chance to survive. When a traitorous vassal allied with a Turkish Pasha storms the Dark Citadel, Radu, Antony, and Ariane escape, bearing their wounded owner with them. Having forced Stephen to open the gate of the secret exit, they flee to the one place where Ariane knows they can live safely: the Keep of the Unburied Dead.
The three fugitive slaves surmount ever more dangerous challenges to their ingenuity, owing to their cool daring, their ability to seize on whatever opportunity chance throws in their way, and their whole-hearted acceptance of Radu's unrelenting insistence that not only love, but strong ties of honor bind them inseparably to each other.
This report prepared by Alexandra Adams