Life in Valen is difficult for humans. Celil has chosen the life of an acquired companion in order to survive in a world where choices for human women are few. When she falls in love with the Elf Haedirn, her heart is filled with hope for the kind of life she could only dream of.
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Union between Elves and humans is forbidden and the only way the two lovers can be together would be for Haedirn to purchase Celil from her Master. Before Haedirn can make the offer, Celil is sent to the Market by her current Master. Haedirn's chances are thwarted when the King of Valen places his bid on Celil. No one can bid against a King.
Celil resigns herself to her new life as the acquired companion to Rivalton, King of the Elves. Despite her circumstances, Celil's heart remains true to Haedirn, and her love never wavers. Will it be enough to set her free?