Seeking absolution for his past in a fiery death, a young space force pilot crashes his ship on a desert planet.
When Ellis Ligoria, King of Xol, witnesses a space ship hurtling to the planet’s surface, he rushes to the scene of the crash and joins the search party for survivors. As night descends, a strange compulsion leads him to the site of an underground city. Here he rescues a badly injured Jem. During his recovery, it is discovered that Jem is part Xolan. Not only that, but he’s a genetically submissive variation called a Xolani. Ellis has no desire to care for a Xolani but cannot resist his desire for Jem. Taking him under his protection, he brings him home to his family.
Desperately wanting this new life, Jem claims to be a solitary Vagabond, a loner without family or home. A man nobody wants or is looking for. Safe for the first time in his memory, Jem has hopes for a happy future. He is falling in love with Ellis and adores his new family. All he wants is to live a quiet life as Ellis’ consort, but as his secrets sink him deeper and deeper into a prison of lies, he knows that he cannot hide his true identity forever. Marrying Ellis is a dream come true, but he’ll never escape the brutal man he is running from.
Jem’s life has been one of torture and pain, he has done everything he can to make those in his life proud of him. Nothing ever works. From the time his mother passed away. Ever since he went to live with his father he has been miserable. Then he was made to marry a person he did not know but was told right from the beginning he was nothing and was not ever going to amount to anything. After years of being tortured and beaten. He can’t take any more and plans his escape and death.
Ellis, the King of Xol, sees a strange ship crash not far from his home. He finds a small bruised male in the wreckage. He is brought back into their medical facility to heal. It is heard that they find out he is not human, he is part of a submissive race called Xolani. They are found on the planet that Jem landed on. Jem is horrified by what they tell him, he is not this race that can have children. He is not fragile, he was a commander of his own ship, and a darn good pilot, Not someone to be told what to do, when and what to do. And to be punished for doing something his master (husband) doesn’t like.
Ellis learns Jem’s secrets one by one as they turn up, to cause major problems for the young relationship. Can they make it through all the obstacles that are coming their way? Only time will tell.