All is peaceful in the village of Koyote until the Saans, the religious group from the city of SaanSanti, begin searching for young men for their malicious purposes. While pious Yossinda waits eagerly in SaanSanti for the Saans to return, the Koyote people lose a valued village member and Aneh loses a piece of her heart. Aneh follows him to the city, where she unearths the secrets of the Saans. More
In the quiet desert village of Koyote, thoughtful and independent Aneh has fallen in love. Though her pairing with the strong and kind Olei was arranged it is no less potent for her than if she had chosen Olei herself. When Olei is suddenly taken by the Saans, the dominant religious group of the far off city of SaanSanti, Aneh is determined to rescue him. Though she stands tall and strong next to the city folk, Aneh is woefully unprepared for the secrets of the city and the power of the Saans. Almost immediately she is betrayed and sold into slavery, enduring abuse, discrimination, and the nagging hopelessness of ever retrieving Olei who has been chosen to become one of the five Great Saans who control the city. All of these tribulations pale in comparison to the worst truth: Olei does not want to leave SaanSanti with Aneh. Pooling together what small resources she has, Aneh prepares to escape the city. In her haste and heartbreak Aneh makes some terrible discoveries, and costly mistakes.
Meanwhile, pious and obedient Yossinda lives in SaanSanti, working tirelessly for both the Saans and the royal Domi. Deeply devoted to her faith, Yossinda is dependent on her religion for guidance and hope in a cruel world . Her brother is chronically ill. Her sister is hopelessly addicted to the popular drug Tinea. The King of the Domi is intent on using and abusing her. But the Saans say that suffering brings salvation. Yossinda believes it with all her heart, until she cannot resist the allure of a handsome newcomer, and the Saans themselves begin to use her for malicious purposes.