As a decorated soldier, young General Tao knows only one kind of honour -- to his people. But when his own king betrays him, he discovers that his sacrifices and successes may not have been for the good of the country at all.
Fate -- and his enemies -- throw him together with Elsabeth, a red-haired beauty who has served as the royal tutor. However, Elsabeth’s loyalties remain with her father’s people -- the rebellious Kurel -- who worship the old ways, even harbouring the forbidden arks that brought the Kurel to this planet decades ago.
When a threat greater than their peoples’ war looms -- intent on destroying the world they both know -- the fierce warrior and the sensitive scholar must unite. Together, they must fight for their planet and for their forbidden love.