Raven Paige is different. Where everyone else around her was horrified when they learned of the goings on at the now infamous Strictland Academy, and appalled by what Emma Thompson had endured during her long months of captivity, Raven was... compelled.
The tales of sexual sadism, humiliation and depravity awakened a need within Raven; one as dark as the wings of the bird for which she was named. Secretly, she visits the so-called Houses of Depravity, where she is a silent observer of those who live out their deepest BDSM fantasies and desires. There, she witnesses things she wants to experience herself; things that heat her blood and tighten her loins. Her hunger to submit grows to the point of obsession.
When she is of legal age, she contacts someone who might be able to help her; the founder of Strictland, whom she had met previously in one of the Houses. It's a lengthy process, but after an interminable wait, Raven gets her wish: she is offered a contract of submission to serve not one, but two men - brothers; Henry and Kendrick Albright.
Exceptionally rich, handsome and even titled, the Albright brothers have it all; a mansion, an army of servants and even a private plane. Henry has a fetish for the Victorian era and Kendrick is an incredibly creative sadist... Raven is about to see her fantasies fulfilled at last.
But reality is so often different to what takes place in the imagination. Her excitement turns to dread when she discovers that the contract she signed was actually one of marriage to Henry, and that she is now utterly at the Albrights' mercy. For at least the next three years, there will be no escape. Henry, Kendrick and even any servants they desire will have access to Raven's body; to do with it as they choose.
Raven has wanted to experience humiliation, pain and degradation for years; but now that she's arrived at the brothers' mansion, is she in over her head? Will Henry and Kendrick come to care for her as a person... as a wife, or is she merely to be their plaything, to be used and discarded as they see fit?
Keryn has a problem; it's a habit she's engaged in all her life. It's one she sees no need to change.
Mark has a problem; it's one he discovers when his new sister-in-law reveals his wife's disturbing holiday tendencies. It's one he is determined to alter.
The newlywed Lindells approach their first Christmas together with excitement, but also with a certain amount of trepidation.
When Keryn indulges herself in her usual pre- holiday behavior, she emerges from the experience not only puzzled at what she discovers, but agitated about what it all means. Mark, for his part, is determined to teach his beloved bride a lesson about how to be a gracious receiver in the holiday season, even if it costs her a few ouchy moments and some remorseful tears.
It won't be the way the Lindells planned to celebrate their first Christmas, but it will be the way they establish rules that will guide them not only in future celebrations, but in every other aspect of their relationship.
Heads up for readers: The solution for the Top comes from having a Bottom up.