A young girl from Earth falls in love with a handsome stranger - and becomes a pawn in an interstellar war.
In the distant future, the Skolian Empire rules one third of the human galaxy, and is the most powerful of all. For the ruling family has the power of telepathy, and through it, the ability to communicate faster than light, across interstellar space. But their most determined enemy, the traders, who thrive on human pain, need to interbreed with a Skolian to gain their powers. And now they have her.
(In case you become confused - this is not the Althor who was lost to Skolia 50 years previously during the Radiance War. This is the older Althor's nephew and son of Dehya. And don't be surprised if you meet Dehya, who was lost in psiberspace. She did manage to return to her family.)