It is 1968 and 19-year-old Sally Phillips has fled the UK for the Middle East in an attempt to heal her broken heart. Betrayal by her Scottish fiancé has made her suspicious of men and reluctant to trust them, but she remains in many ways naïve. She begins to adapt to life in the Sheikhdom of Al Khaleej, making friends and finding a job, and it is not long before she has become indispensible to her boss. So it comes as a shock one morning to find herself unceremoniously and inexplicably dismissed. Almost simultaneously, she is offered very different employment at the royal stables. Infuriated to learn that her sacking had been masterminded by a powerful man used to getting his own way, Sally hesitates to accept, but her finances leave her no choice. Incensed by the high-handed ways of the Kingdom’s Heir Apparent, but secretly delighted at the thought of working with his beautiful Arabian horses, Sally resolves to keep their relationship businesslike – however much her heart flutters when the handsome Sheikh is near.
Her new employer shows a keen interest in Sally. She find his attention embarrassing but, as their friendship develops, she discovers that beneath the power and authority lies a kindred spirit who yearns to live his life away from the spotlight. He demands that Sally treat him like any other man – and when she finds it difficult to use his first name he predicts that one day he will make love to her and that she will call it out in the throes of passion. Sally’s on-going relationship with the attractive Naval Lieutenant Commander, Matthew Rawlinson, makes her sceptical of this outrageous boast.