Book 3 in the Quest seriesWhen he left his forest home, Slayer was an immature, broken-hearted cub. He thought Ayanni, the tall, slender, ebony beauty he loved, had rejected him. Years later, Slayer, the future ruler of the mythical kingdom of Tern Terra, learns that the one afternoon he and Ayanni spent together has put her in an untenable situation.But when Slayer rushes back to Volter to make amends to Ayanni and to protect his mother who has been hurt in a hunt, he soon finds himself mired in problems in Volter. Not only is there dissension from within the ranks of his own pride, but Ayanni appears to have fallen for a tall, handsome, blond, green-eyed shifter called Shadow, who seems to make her happy. Has Slayer lost his one true love to another?Seven years of poverty has hardened Ayanni's heart against Slayer. When they meet again, she angrily sends him away, fearful of his reaction when he discovers her closely guarded secret. Although she still loves Slayer, she soon finds herself falling for the handsome, mysterious Shadow, another of the Great Carnivores.But Slayer is from a family of shape-shifters who are used to having their way and he is determined not only to win Ayanni back, but to make amends for all her hardships. Still, Shadow appears to have the upper hand. More, Shadow is also deeply in love with Ayanni. Things look hopeless for Slayer.