It's 739 CE. Aditya Sura was taught that obedience and faith are the only things she can rely on for happiness. But when fate deals her a life-long sentence of servitude to the Kashmir emperor, she must rethink everything she knows in order to uncover a path of her own choosing. An artist by trade, Aditya will use every skill and ounce of courage she has to travel the dangerous and mysterious desert oases.
Kalhana Vanija is a merchant's son travelling from town to town when he lands fist first in the army of the Karkota Empire. Rising in the warrior ranks to the world of commanders, lavish dinners, and elephant armies, Kal must learn who he is beyond the fearless brute the world sees.
Against all odds, love will lead them from the ancient Hindu Kush and the Kashmiri valleys to the opulent era of imperial Tang cities. A love story in the sun and the stars; in a world where myth and history blend, Aditya and Kalhana face tyrannical emperors drunk on the conquests of war, and a myriad of players vying for power across the great silk road.