Emma Holly ventures into the shadows of a sensuous world like no other she has created--where demons and humans rarely mix because the hungers they inspire in each other are so exquisitely dangerous.
Humans like to call them demons, but the yama are an old and civilized race--far too civilized to fraternize with lesser beings, a view the highborn among them adhere to most stringently. It is only through plots and subterfuge that a quarter-human infant, one Xishi Huon, infiltrates a princely household. There she is raised side by side with Corum, the Midarri heir, whose own peculiarities make her his soul mate...at least until the whispers of their unnatural fondness lead her to be banished to an orphanage.
Coming of age as a courtesan, Xishi excels in the erotic arts. But when Corum becomes her new owner, the relationship will test the limits of her gifts. Corum is the Prince of Ice now and not the sensitive boy she knew. If he succumbs to the temptations of her human touch, their bond will defy every convention his kind holds dear. If he doesn't, his uncontrollable sexual needs might drive both" insane. Neither suspects what is happening behind the scenes, that the very plots that brought them together could end up costing them their lives.