The main character is Kasia, a young Jewess noticed by King Xerxes and claimed by him as his concubine. She desperately loves him, and he falls deeply in love with her. How to love a pagan king, and still be faithful to her Lord, then, is her life’s journey.
The myriad other characters and sweeping settings fill this novel without cluttering it. The people we would expect are there: Mordecai, Queen Vashti, Haman; and a host of others that keep the reader turning pages as palace politics and romantic entanglements grow ever more complicated—and deadly.
I cannot recommend this book highly enough.