Born to an Indian maharaja, Princess Sarani Rao has it all: beauty, riches, and a crown. But with a British mother, her mixed blood makes her a pariah and a target. And when Sara’s father is murdered, her only hope of survival is to escape on the next ship out—captained by the boy she once loved…and spurned.

Captain Rhystan Huntley, the reluctant Duke of Embry, has a place in the English fleet, which he’s loathe to give up. But duty is calling him home, and this is his final voyage. Leave it to fate that the one woman he’s ever loved must escape India on his ship.

“Vivid, sensual and beautifully written. A compelling read by a talented new author. Amalie Howard tells a story with self-assured style, wit, and energy, making the book impossible to put down. Her writing sparkles!” – Lisa Kleypas, New York Times bestselling author

“There’s star-crossed, swoony, steamy love, true to the genre — but there’s also a subtle, searing focus on racism, colorism, and what it means to belong that is rare for a historical romance, which elevates it to a unique and truly resonant read.” – Jodi Picoult, New York Times bestselling author

“Amalie Howard is the fresh voice historical romance needs right now. She deftly marries a classic trope to an original plot and the effect is superb! Her prose is delightful, her writing masterful, her characters unforgettable. I will read every word she writes.” – Kerrigan Byrne, USA Today bestselling author