The Captive Author:Victoria Holt In Rosetta Cranliegh's eighteenth year,her happy if uneventful London life is suddenly shattered when her first ocean voyage ends in a shipwreck off the African coast. Only the quick thinking of a mysterious young deckhand, John Player,saves her and the debonair Lucas Lorimer from the merciless rage of the sea. Adrift in a lifeboat, the three a... more »re washed up on a deserted island. As Rosetta grows closer to John she learns his true identity-and his seemingly hopeless fate. He was accused of his step-brother's murder and is destined to be forever a fugitive from England.
Instead of the rescue they all long for, they are discovered by pirates and taken captive. Only Lucas is able to by his freedom.With her golden sun-bleached hair and blue eyes, Rosetta is too choice a prize to let slip away. She and John are sold to a powerful Turkish Pasha. A Prisoner in his harem, Rosetta is drawn into the intrigues and rivalries of the palace wives- despised by the jealous Fatima, the powerful second wife; befriended by the French-born Nicole,n whose nhistorynseems to foretell her own inevitable fate...« less