When she and he were only babies, they were pledged in marriage. Now Atiyah has been sent away—a political pawn in a war between the Beduin tribes in the year 1302. He vows to return to her as soon as he can.
But while Atiyah is studying at the great university in Fez, Halima is lost in a sandstorm. Rescued by an enemy tribe, she is told that she must marry their powerful sheikh and live in his harem—never to see her people again. Halima does what she can to resist, but she has no choice. In three moons' time she will become the youngest wife of the cruel and greedy Raisulu—unless Atiyah can find her. But where in the vast sea of desert can he begin his search for his beloved?
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