Cosseted by a brooding aunt, impulsive young Marianne Ross determines to break the shackles of a genteel victorian upbringing. Her fragile beauty belies a stubborn spirit which yearns to explore veiled secrets of life - and of love.
When her father allows her to join his expedition in search of the lost village of El Badra, Marianne's once elusive dreams assume a delicious reality. In the sun scorched desert of Tunisia, she encounters the dark, exotic Dominic Savage.
But the veneer of eastern opulence masks hidden dangers and Marianne is captured by Barbarous bedouin outlaws. With the hot, dry breath of the sirocco wind her illusions fade. She is nothing more to Dominic than a harem prize and how can she hope for fidelity from a pagan prince?