Merrick, a Zyan male, is brutally betrayed after decades of uncontested rule of his pride-clan and left near death. His only wish is to seek a safe place to heal so he can return for revenge. Instead, he's drawn inexorably by the song of a female.
Dori, a Zyan female who lost her family at three, is drawn out into a stormy night by an unknown impulse, answering a second by sharing a song from her youth with the storm. Knowing little of her own planet's people, when her song lures in the wounded Merrick, fear makes her want to run.
Feeling it important she stay, Merrick uses the psychic ability of their race to lay claim to the Zyan female he finds in the storm. The claim unleashes in Dori feelings she barely understands and can control even less.