Seventeen-year-old Clarabelle Weaver has only known the quiet village of Everdark where everyone lives under the protection, and shadow, of the Great Lord's fortress. But although his men patrol the land and keep them safe, no one in the village has seen much of the lord himself for years. When news of the Great Lord's passing reaches the village, Clara is abducted by the Great Lord's man and whisked off to his fortress. Rumour whispers that his son, Lucias, is hunting for a mistress to beget him an heir to ensure the kingdom safety and she's it.
With nowhere to run and no one to trust, Clara quickly realises she must match her will against a man with dark magic at his beck and call. But the more she tries to escape and the more she learns of Lucias, the more she is drawn to the quiet, patient man. Will her desire for the man finally win over her longing for freedom?