Elissa, a villager from the northern mountains, attempts to save her brother and ends up trapped in a hidden valley with a strange host and a treacherous enemy.
She demanded her brother’s place as prisoner despite his protests. She had time to plot an escape. He did not.
Elissa, a resolute maiden from a small mountain village, knew war was brewing when her brother left her alone with her two younger sisters. His promise of a hasty return held little comfort.
Instead of Eldric’s return, she receives news of his capture by a strange man covered in scars. Despite the threat of wild wolves and advancing rebels, Elissa retraces her brother’s steps.
The decision to take her brother’s place is easy. Convincing Eldric’s captor is harder—not as if she cares what a man cloaked in wolf-skins thinks of her. She’ll not be around for long anyway. All Elissa needs is time for Eldric to make it back to the little ones, then she’ll make her own escape.
Except Elissa soon discovers her true captor isn’t the ancient figure from another age, but instead a prophecy surrounding the lush rose she carries.
Though her strange host claims the ancient promises of the Prince’s victory over the rebels will set them all free, Elissa knows the blood-drenched truth. The land of Aslaria is on its own, and so is she. The only way to help her siblings is to escape the cursed peacefulness of the valley.
For that, no price is too high.