Francesca is shocked when family friend Zahid Al Hakam turns up on her doorstep. After all, he's now the Sheikh of Khayarzah -- England's suburbia is hardly his regular stomping ground! But he is as achingly gorgeous as ever...and Francesca's certainly tempted by Zahid's invitation to come to the desert and work for him. Zahid finds the geeky, gauche teenager he once knew is now an understated beauty. Embarking on a secret affair is bittersweet -- but, however all-consuming their passion, Zahid's duty to his kingdom must surely come first?