Coulter has written another spry Viking romance. Merrik Haraldsson, a Norse trader unencumbered by wife or property, except for his longboat, suddenly finds himself the owner of three slaves after a plaintive child in the Kiev slave market begs to be reunited with his sibling. When Merrik sets out to steal the sibling from the vicious new owner, he finds the young person in the midst of an escape, pursued by another slave. Their escape is only the start of a grand adventure, for the sibling turns out to be a young woman, disguised as a boy. Of course Merrik falls in love, not knowing she is the niece of King Rollo of Normandy, and her brother the probable heir. Family rivalries set both lovers at risk until events are finally suspensefully unraveled at story's end.