Antia, princess of the twin continents of Kamalant and Komilant, is surprised by a visitor to the palace of her uncle the King.
Lady Sofi has come for her husband Chief Hamrab, to invite Antia to visit their desert island of Roshan.
Antia does not want to go, nor does she want the marriage that her aunt the Queen is arranging for her with the Chief's son.
But Antia's tutor Eskoril persuades her to make the journey and to write to him of all she sees and hears in Roshan.
The sailing ship is slow, Antia's nurse, Nan, is miserable in the heat, and the town of Lohat in Roshan is small and simple.
Antia is nonplussed to see the simplicity of Chief Hamrab's house and the room set aside for her and Nan. The humble and fiercely loyal people of Roshan and their Chief confuse her. Antia...