Devastated crops force regent Lord Hunter to do the one thing he always swore he'd never do: form an alliance with the neighboring tribal kingdom. The oath to offer his beloved foster son in marriage, however, begins digging holes in his heart the moment he meets the intended bride. He can't afford to fall in love with the alluring Reethan Chieftain, not if he's to keep his oath--and his soul--intact. Nerinna has always used her charms to manipulate her tribal chiefs, as tradition demands. But Lord Hunter's honest, passionate nature intrigues her like no other man's has before, challenging her cynical notions. Although their desire hangs thick and heavy in the air, Hunter keeps to the letter of his oath--until the god of justice decrees that Hunter must die. Nerinna knows of only one way to save him: offer herself in exchange. It's a sacrifice Hunter can't allow her to make, but to defy the priest means he must choose a side. With his god--or against him.