The Captive Author:Victoria Holt In Rosetta Cranleigh'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 thre... more »e are 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 buy 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, whose history seems to foretell her own inevitable fate. Every moment Rosetta lives in fear of the night that she will be brought to the Pasha. Every moment she hopes and schemes to escape. And escape she finally does, once again with the aid of the resourceful John.
But back in England at last, Rosetta is a captive of another sort. For she will not rest until she proves John's innocence and restores him to his rightful home. The trials she has endured only strengthen her resolve as she draws perilously close to unmasking the true killer. On the wild Cornish coast, Rosetta discovers the truth about the murder-and the secrets locked within her heart.« less