Sydney Whelton is seeking revenge. She has traveled from London to the African desert to find the Crystal Dagger, the only weapon that can destroy Nulkana — the evil, ancient sorceress who killed Sydney’s father. To help her, she hires the notorious Raphael Al Qarsan, known as the Pirate. He is reputed to be ruthless, cunning, and dangerous. When she walks into his tent, she discovers he is all those things. And so much more. For he is far too handsome, far too charming, and far too unsettling for Sydney’s peace of mind.