Erik the Terror, half brother to King Guthrum of the Danes, is yearning for more than rape and pillage. He dreams of a beautiful young woman whose pain and sorrow only he can heal. Merwenna the Saxon dreams of a powerful blond warrior whose love will make her forget the way King Alfred the Great brutally raped her. They meet when the Danes capture Chippenham fortress, where Alfred has left Merwenna and her father to die. Erik immediately takes her under his protection, convinced she is his destiny.
Erik guesses the truth about Merwenna's past and helps her to find love and sexual healing with him. But will King Alfred leave them alone or will his obsessive need to possess her threaten the love and happiness that Erik and Merwenna have found in each other's arms?