Stolen by marauding Danes, Helena's desperate to escape their camp. She wants to return home, but the wolf-eyed Viking who bought her has his own plans.
Wearied of the sword, Hakan wants a quiet farmer's life, yet peace eludes the chieftain. His once tranquil homeland's in turmoil, and his new Frankish thrall vexes him for her freedom. Even worse, the fair maid lures him with laughter and smiles. Betrayal has left the warrior cold to other women, but one hot summer changes everything. Hakan's icy heart thaws to his clever thrall. Helena weaves happiness into his hard life, and she soon questions her own desires. But shadows of deceit spread across the kingdom, reaching Hakan's farm. Old loyalties call on the Viking to wield his sword again, but at what cost?
Before summer ends, master and thrall must answer the hardest question.... How much would you pay for love?