When Ruth finds herself abducted and thrown into a cell with a big scary alien, naturally she’s terrified. At first. But when she’s forced to get along with her furry, tailed cellmate (and her clothes get stolen) things slowly start to change between them. After they escape onto an unknown alien planet, they’re finally free to explore their feelings and each other, but can they survive with only each other to rely on and no way of communicating?
Gron is from a matriarchal society where the males obey their Queens, so when a beautiful but strange female is dropped into his cell, he doesn’t know what to think. Is she a victim like him, or is she being used by his captors to control him? Either way, he knows he must control his instincts or he will end up inescapably Bonded to her. The delicate Queen needs his help to survive, and it is his duty to serve her, but can he do it without losing his heart?
Ruth and Gron have finally arrived on his home planet after falling in love when they were both abducted. But that doesn’t mean their problems are over. Now they have to deal with Gron’s family, and how Ruth can fulfill her role as a Queen in his society when she can’t understand anything anyone says! With Gron’s Alpha, mother, brother, and best friend all getting involved, the strain begins to take a toll on his and Ruth’s relationship…
Ruth is just trying to make the best of a bad situation in her new jungle home with her mate, but Gron finds himself getting jealous now he doesn’t have Ruth to himself anymore, though he knows a male can’t expect to hold all his Queen’s attention. He has to decide whether he can put his own happiness before Ruth’s safety, or whether he has to sacrifice his heart to protect her.
For years, Kranu has only wanted one thing: to belong to a Queen. To be wanted, valued. Not to be passed over in the prime of his life.
Now it seems he’s found his chance. Only problem is, the Queen in question is one of the strange ones that Bonded his brother, Gron. She feels miniscule next to him. They can’t understand a word the other says. She quakes in fear if he so much as looks at her.
For years, Troii was perfectly content serving his Queen as an unBonded male. He played his role perfectly and felt no dissatisfaction, no ambition for more. That is, until his best friend Gron offered him his Queen to Bond to. It was enough to get him exiled, sent to wander the borderlands with Kranu, the surliest, most aggressive male in the tribe. All Troii wants is to get his old peaceful life back.
Now Kranu’s found a Queen, a tiny thing that’s terrified of him. Kranu is determined to be chosen. It’s Troii’s only chance to have a tribe again, though he’ll only admit to himself that he dares to want more than the life of an unBonded.
There’s one thing to do if they’re to have a chance of getting what they want. They have to take this new Queen to Gron’s Queen, Ruth. Then maybe she will stop being afraid, and start to see them as something more than strangers.
The Gandry tribe has settled down after Moira’s arrival, but Ruth still feels that something is wrong. The way Gron is acting makes her think he expected something to be different. They want a family, but it’s not happening on its own, so Ruth makes the momentous decision to ask T’Lax for help, and do whatever it takes to hold Gron’s baby in her arms.
Krol doesn’t trust females. His brother’s Queen tried to kill their son, and killed him when Krol escaped with the baby. Then she caught up with him and beat him almost to death, leaving him scarred and maimed. But Krol survived, and has been raising his nephew by himself in hiding for three years. Unlike the rest of his kind, Krol can see Bonding for what it really is, nothing more than a way for selfish, unscrupulous females to enslave the men around them. He is determined that will never happen to him, nor to his nephew, Ryll, who is the only thing keeping him from losing what’s left of his mind out in the wilds.
Naomi is a Scout leader, so she’s not too worried when she finds herself in a strange jungle. She knows how to survive. What she doesn’t know is where she is or how she got there. Nevertheless, she’s determined to put a brave face on things, until she discovers Krol and Ryll, who she thinks are Bigfoot! A misunderstanding leads Krol to attack her, but when torrential rain hits the area, they are forced to take shelter together in the same cave. Begrudgingly, they learn to trust each other, until they become each other’s only friend in a sometimes beautiful, sometimes deadly world.
Staying together after the weeks of rain, they eventually stumble upon Ruth and Moira, two human women who are living with the ‘Bigfoot’ and can finally give Naomi the answers she needs about what’s happened to her. Ruth and Moira have both settled down with the locals, and Ruth even has a baby with one of them, and Moira is pregnant! With their eyes opened to the possibilities, Naomi and Krol are forced to see each other in a new light, and wonder if maybe they could be more than friends, and finally make a real home in this alien land.