Lucia takes a life-changing trip to Kosovo with her volatile, clandestine boyfriend. Held at his mercy, her freedom cannot be bought.
Lucia, a London girl in her early twenties, discovers the heart of the Balkans when she follows her clandestine boyfriend, Arben, to rural Kosovo. There, she is coerced into a convenience marriage and later suspects that he desires nothing more than documents to stay in the UK.
He plays a dirty game lacking heart and soul, beating her into submission. Once a colourful girl, Lucia is sucked in and spat out to face matters of conscience and moral dilemma.
Spinning dangerously out of control, she must keep the events secret to protect the honour and hearts of her long suffering family. The road to freedom is long and marred with the trinity of self destruction: fear, guilt and self loathing. Each with so much to lose, Lucia and Arben clash in a furious battle of will.
She and her lawyer take on the legal system in Kosovo, and indeed Arben.
Lucia is reborn as she finds solace in the realms of dream and imagination. Recovering from the cold touch of near insanity she seizes a chance to travel to Istanbul where she meets the man, quite literally, of her dreams.
The book is based on true events.