In 1997 Saudi Arabia, American teacher Arden Armstrong and Saudi archeologist Faisal Abdul Aziz aren't even supposed to look at each other, let alone admit any attraction, but their separate struggles for progress in the Kingdom bring them into an unlikely - and dangerous - alliance.
Award-winning writer Emma Gates was born in New York. She earned a BA in Spanish/Latin American Studies from Indiana University in Bloomington, and an MBA with concentration in Arabic/Middle Eastern Studies from Thunderbird. She worked for three years in Mexico and five in Saudi Arabia. She is an international business and telecoms specialist currently living near Chicago with her family and a pair of inscrutable cats.