Mari is the daughter of a Greek slave and an English archaeologist living in the Ottoman Empire. Bennett is an English officer just done with the Napoleonic wars when he is given orders to protect Mari as she spies for the Crown. Exotic locale, fascinating times, mystery, intrigue, and a love story. What more could you ask for. This is a very well written, fast paced story by debut author Anna Randol. I will definitely check out future offerings from this author.