The King's executioner. The future queen. A forbidden love.
The King's executioner is feared by all, and rightfully so. He has the power to bring great suffering and with one swing of his double-sided axe a swift death. He is sent to collect the future Queen and deliver her to the King, but from the moment he meets Anin he knows that will prove more difficult than he thought in more ways than one, for someone wants her dead.
Anin has no choice but to go with the executioner and wed the High King, though she would prefer not to, especially after meeting Paine. He brings things alive in her that she has been forced to keep hidden and as her secrets begin to surface so do her feelings for the executioner.
The couple fights not only to survive insurmountable challenges, but also the attraction and the love that grows between them on their journey to Pictland. Their biggest challenge comes when they finally stand before the infamous King Talon.