Raised as courtesan to wealthy and powerful men, Tessa of
Delos serves at the whim of her current patron, the politician Glaucas. After
ten years with him, Tessa has abandoned all desire for freedom or love,
choosing instead to lock her heart away. But when Glaucas is violently killed
in his own home, Tessa grasps at a fragile hope. Only she knows of his death.
If she can keep it a secret for long enough, she can escape.
Tessa throws herself on the mercy of the Greek god Helios but finds
instead unlikely allies in Nikos, a Greek slave, and Simeon, Glaucas’ Jewish
head servant. As Simeon introduces her to a God unlike any she has ever known,
and Nikos begins to stir feelings she had thought long dead, Tessa fights to
keep her heart protected. As an assassination plot comes to light, Tessa must
battle for her own freedom—and for those to whom she has begun to open her
heart—as forces collide that shatter the island’s peace.
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