Zarabeth lives with her step-father and much younger half sister in the town of York. Even though she is beyond old enough to wed her step father, Olav the Vain, has no intention of marrying her off as he wants to wed with her. He is just biding his time.
One day Magnus Haraldsson a Viking farmer and trader visits York and decides he wants Zarabeth for his wife. She refuses him because Olav has told her that she cannot take her younger sister with her. She knows that Olav will hurt or even kill her younger sister, Lotti, because Lotti is the child of another man. Zarabeth also knows that Olav killed her mother and her lover.
Magnus leave York and returns several months later to find that Zarabeth is in prison for the death of Olav. He pays the king to take Zarabeth from York along with Lotti. Zarabeth is now his slave. She tries several times to escape him and on one occassion her sister and his son from his first wife come up missing. Everyone in the farmstead searches for days with no sign. Zarabeth sinks into deepest depression and during that time Magnus marries her. His sister is enraged and arranges for Zarabeth to be kidnapped by her lover.
Magnus sets out to track his wife and in doing so finds clues to what happened to his son and Lotti. He and Zarabeth must return to York, where if she is seen again, she will be killed.
The review of this Book prepared by plnorth