When her husband and son left to sell horses to the Nephite army, Rachel had no way of knowing that they had been captured and enslaved by the Lamanites. Now, nine years later, she is still watching from her window for two figures to trudge into view. She will never lose hope that they may someday return. Rachel's son, Jacob, has grown up as a slave in King Lamoni's household, caring for the king's horses and spending his free time with his only friend, Shayla, who happens to be King Lamoni's daughter. Jacob longs to return home with his father, but as time passes, he begins to lose hope of ever seeing his mother again. Jacob has yet to find out. From assassination attempts to conversions, his life is turned upside-down as he tries to figure out where his loyalties lie and what he truly believes.