Mari is a young woman headed off to college. She's lived a typical and unremarkable life; until she becomes the object of desire of the hunky star quarterback who's known for adding notches to his bedpost. Mari commits herself to resist him, but that's not so easy when you're stuck together on the campus of a tiny and remote liberal arts college. Eventually she begins to realize that maybe he isn't who he seems, and that perhaps neither is she.
From a college campus in northern Minnesota to the sands of ancient Egypt, Carnelian begins an adventure, and a romance, that will cross the span of time and space.
Leila is a courier. To the people she takes from, she is seen as a common thief; to the people she helps, she is a savior.
Nalick is your typical king. He's rich, powerful, and always assumed to be right. When Leila crosses paths with King Nalick, she finds herself trapped. In a rush to save her best friend Kay from a prison sentence for a crime Leila committed, Leila trades her hand in marriage in exchange for Kay's freedom.
Tomboy Leila does not want to grow up, but in three months' time, she will be married to King Nalick, if Nalick can keep his end of the bargain. First, Nalick must make Leila fall in love with him, a hard task since Leila is not ready to love again after losing her first love to a greedy king. Second, Nalick must keep her safe. He is not the only king trying to hold onto her. Leila has made many enemies over the years, and even more admirers that want her as a prize. Lastly, Nalick must convince Leila that ten years of love is better than a lifetime without. Unless Leila can trust her destiny, she might not reach her wedding day at all.