Following the return of Princess Elysant after her foiled plans to elope with a young sailor, a message from the Duke of Wessex, her betrothed, called for her presence at an important meeting… a meeting that was to decide the relationship between the kingdoms of Scillei and Wessex. With Elysant’s father being the king of Scillei, they knew there was no choice—Elysant had to go.
For this sea voyage, the King appointed his Navy Captain, Barwick, to guard his daughter along the way. For protection, Barwick attempted to strike a deal for faerie magic, but was turned down. Instead, Barwick learned of a deep secret regarding himself… he learned that he is half druid.
In the land of Scillei, where the use of magic is outlawed, Barwick is faced with a difficult decision. He can either choose to stay human and continue living comfortably, or he can permanently awaken his magical abilities to protect the princess, which will ultimately turn him into an outcast.
The days of childhood flash through his mind and he remembers how the sunshine would flow around and within the strands of her hair. Then later, his breaking heart—now a bleeding, but still beating heart.
“Ellie,” he thought to himself. It was a painful unrequited love, a difficult decision, and an inevitable sacrifice.
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