Before she is Zoey’s favorite professor and the House of Night’s powerful horse mistress Lenobia is just a normal 16-year-old girl. As the illegitimate daughter of a powerful baron in Evreux, France in 1788 she does not share any of the benefits of being the baron’s daughter and has had to guard her virtue from powerful men including the local bishop and even her own father has started starring longingly at her.
Then fate intervenes and Lenobia suddenly finds herself surrounded by wealthy young girls on a ship bound for New Orleans where they will be married off to the city’s richest Frenchmen. But the bishop is also being sent to the new world because of his appetite for young beautiful women and skills with fire and dark magic. How will Lenobia remain hidden from the bishop? Can she keep her secret over the weeks of a long ocean voyage?