As a little girl, Zahira was auctioned off and purchased for the Harem. Now don't freak out because it isn't that bad. She wasn't mistreated or anything. They just pick out girls that potentially may make good Concubines - or if they are extremely fortunate, wives. It wasn't that bad a childhood at all. But finally the big night has arrived and she is all wrapped up as a pretty package for her first presentation.Just as a band of bloodthirsty Vikings show up causing mayhem and chaos and happen upon someone they believe to be a wife that they can ransom back for an exorbitant fee. But when their Jarl finds out she isn't what he thought she was...Not a bad story. A bit short as it leaves a lot of unexplored territory - I am not sure if the author intends a sequel or not but there is certainly room for either that or an expanded tale.Just a tiny touch of BDSM - she is punished for being on the bed without permission (in a manner a lot more civilized than in [b:Safewords Davenport and Chiffon|15722578|Safewords Davenport and Chiffon (Safeword #5)|Candace Blevins|http://d.gr-assets.com/books/1340671236s/15722578.jpg|21396748]).It actually kind of reminded me of [b:Eaters of the Dead|7673|Eaters of the Dead|Michael Crichton|http://d.gr-assets.com/books/1347577471s/7673.jpg|997260] (perhaps better known as the 13th Warrior).