Things are a bit tense on the isolated colony world of Haven. As heiress of the House of Hayden, Francesca expects her father to arrange a marriage for her, but she thinks he's gone crazy when he heads into the vast Sansoussy Forest to trap a warrior to marry her. But her reaction is mild compared to the warrior's. Ran-Del is s Sansoussy, trained in both the mental and physical Disciplines of his people. He thinks he's prepared for any danger the forest might hold, but his skills prove useless when he's caught in a hi-tech trap.
Soon Ran-Del finds himself in a city so alien it might as well be another world—machines speak, vehicles fly, and his captors' weapons can inflict pain without touching him. As terrifying as the city is, his kidnapper, the enigmatic Baron Hayden, exudes a jovial affability that worries the Sansoussy even more.
What can such a powerful man want with a Sansoussy warrior, who can neither read nor write and knows nothing of city ways? It's only after it seems that Ran-Del has escaped the city and its dangers, that he finds out how thoroughly he has been caught.