"There is only one ransom for a woman's heart, and that is love, given in honor."
But what becomes of the heart when that honor is compromised?
Wrenched from a simple life for her beauty, Esther finds herself at the mercy of the King Xerxes. Leaving behind her only relative, her cousin Mordecai, and her first true love, Cyrus, she is thrown headlong into the unrestrained extravagance of palace living. Quick of mind and strong in spirit, she refuses to suffer the fate of her harem sisters and boldly challenges Xerxes to give of his heart before taking his pleasure and thus seals her place beside him as his queen. As conspiracy spins its diabolical web, Esther's mind and spirit waver as she is forced to confront the past in order to save her future.