Celia Lamphrey, daughter of a rich merchant is on her way to marry her betrothed when her ship is hijacked. Her father is murdered and Celia is sold into slavery, eventually ending up in the Sultan's harem. Paul, her betrothed, finds himself serving the English ambassador in Sultan's court when he hears whispers of Celia. Heartbroken, each try to find their way back to their previous life. 400 years later, Elizabeth, a heart broken student, hears Celia's cry and aims to discover how how Celia's story and her own end.
This novel was amazing. The politics of the harem, both inside and out, make this book interesting. This is also one of the first books where the time span between characters wasn't jarring with the switch. It's a great book and I can't wait to read it's sequel, The Pindar Diamond.