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From fantastic facts and thrilling legends of the Caucausus, an exuberant new novelist has woven a fast moving and fiery historical romance. His setting, an exciting land never before explored in modern fiction, is the rugged mountainous region ofMoreFrom fantastic facts and thrilling legends of the Caucausus, an exuberant new novelist has woven a fast moving and fiery historical romance. His setting, an exciting land never before explored in modern fiction, is the rugged mountainous region of Southeast Russia, the bloody battleground of Georgian princes and Moslem warriors- his story, that of two young lovers caught in the violence of the Crimean War.Widowed after a brief six months of marriage, pretty Zoe Duval found herself penniless, completely dependant on three formidable maiden aunts who plotted to wed her to an elderly neighbor. Then came her chance to escape this stifling existence- she was offered a position in Tiflis, in Russian Georgia.For her journey to this strange and distant city she made arrangements to accompany Monsieur and Madame Tolet, who ran a confectionery shop in the Georgian capital. And it was at their residence in Paris that Zoe first met Captain Novoselsky, officer of the Imperial Russian Army. In spite of her attempts to resist his charms, she fell deeply in love with the handsome Sasha, only to learn that he already had a wife, incurably insane.Buoyed by Sashas vow that he would obtain an annulment and join her in Tiflis, Zoe proceeded on her journey to the Caucausus, and here she found a joyful new world, a magnificent modern city set in wild and barbaric mountains. When war comes, Sasha placed her under the protection of his cousins, the powerful Prince and Princess Tchavchavdez, and she went with them to their country estate, Tsinandali as governess to their children. Soon afterward,, Shamyl, leader of the hostile Moslem tribes who inhabited the nearby mountains, raided Tsinandali, kidnapping most of the women and children of the household.After a perilous journey into the mountains and brutal treatment at the hands of a sadistic Moslem zealot, Zoe and the other captives reached Shamyls capital, an amazing city set in the crater of a snow capped peak. here they spent many weeks under closed guard in a seraglio, then the demanded ransom was met and the prisoners were released, except for Zoe. One small point in the ransom agreement had been inadvertently disregarded with the result that she was presented as a slave to Daniel-Sultan, ruler of a vassal kingdom.As her hope of rescue failed,aid came suddenly from an unexpected source, and Zoe was reunited with her beloved Sasha, but only at the cost of anothers life.