Sparks fly when Nathaniel and Shakti are forced to marry to combine resources and save their opposing nations from ecological collapse. Nathaniel is the disgraced prince of an indolent patriarchy who plays a dangerous game of politics and self-effacement to protect his secrets. Shakti is the insecure princess of a warrior matriarchy who fears this forced alliance will end with the betrayal of her people. They don’t trust — or even like — each other at first, but a combination of growing curiosity and lust forms a powerful undercurrent of attraction. As reluctant allies and eventual lovers, they must overcome their mutual distrust and cultural prejudice, lest this fragile peace implode.