Despite his secretive private life, Khaleel is delighted when Bree tells him she is pregnant. He is convinced that Allah will soon present him with twin sons. Bree's parents, however, are adamantly opposed to her marrying any man from Arabia.
"The men who caused 9/11 were all Arabs," Bree's father angrily reminds her. "How can you possibly marry a man who might be related to one of those maniacs?"
Bree assures her parents that they, too, will love Khaleel when they get to know him. The chance of that happening, however, ends suddenly when he and several unknown men sedate Bree with an unknown drug and whisk her away on a private jet. Her destination, Bree learns later, is a primitive and nearly empty village in the heart of Saudi Arabia's desolate Empty Quarter.
Completely separated from everything she has ever known, Bree quickly discovers that her devoted husband has turned into a violent stranger who wants to control everything, including Bree.
Desperate and terrified, Bree reminds Khaleel that she is still a citizen of the United States and demands that he send her home immediately. Khaleel's response: "You are my wife, living in my country, and you will remain here for the rest of your life. Is that understood?"
Pregnant and completely cut off from the outside world, Bree can focus on only three things now: her own safety, the safety of her unborn child, and most of all: how to escape from a prison built upon the bedrock of anger and hate.
Brianna Phillips thought she'd never find another man to take the place of her high school sweetheart until she met a handsome and mysterious man named Khaleel Hashemi who, like Bree, is a senior at Columbia University.
After a brief romance, Bree moves into Khaleel's plushy, off-campus apartment where she concentrates on her studies. Khaleel, on the other hand, spends most of his time on emails and phone calls, all conducted in his native