The Red Prince, Duvan, bought her in a slave market, for he could not bear to see the little girl trapped in a cage. He called her Fann, which means "gentle." But Fann was not gentle: animals feared her; people thought she was vicious. Princess LiHara claimed that Fann was a demon, tried to kill her, and maimed her for life. Baffled, Duvan handed the girl over to a Master Weaver, who saw intelligence in Fann and began her training. They all knew that Fann's only hope of finding a husband was to learn the skills that would make her valuable. Fann was a willing student, for the work made her a part of the community where she was free to worship Duvan from afar.
Then the impossible happened. Duvan was to go far away to his new bride, Morga, the Black Princess. Fann was devastated until she learned that she was to go along as a gift to Morga. For two weeks Fann would have Duvan to herself. She had two weeks to convince him that she was worthy of his love. Then the specter of her past arose to threaten all that she hoped for.