Imprisoned in a mountain fortress, the Storm Lord Aeral looks down on the world with longing. Tortured by isolation, his only relief is to send his mind into the village below. On a cold, wind-laced night he ventures into the cottage of the chieftain and finds his heart captured by the man's beautiful daughter. For centuries the Sea Lord has despised his brother. He has sent a water-born plague to devastate the village. People are dying and the only way to save them is with the holding of a lottery to choose an unwilling bride for Aeral. No human woman has ever survived marriage to the Storm Lord. Aideyn, the chieftain's daughter, is the woman picked as the Chosen. It was hard for her to leave her family, but she is determined to make the best of her situation. One look at the handsome Aeral and she feels the tortured soul within him. Her gentle heart aches at his plight, but surviving her wedding night may well be the hardest thing she'll ever do.