Hannah and Isaac Levi have moved to Constantinople to start a new life. Isaac has set up a silk workshop and Hannah, the best midwife in the area, works with the women in the sultan’s harem. One night, she is summoned to the opulent palace to examine a poor girl purchased for the harem. Zofia is a Jewish peasant whose family was killed by marauding tribes during a raid. She longs to return to her village, though there is nothing left there; the sultan wants her to produce the male heir that he needs. Hannah must decide whether or not to help Zofia, a risk to both her life and her source of income. Isaac also has problems with a woman claiming to be his sister-in-law. This richly detailed historical novel will introduce readers to a little-known world and give them a taste of life in the sixteenth century. Book clubs will enjoy discussing the social issues raised in the story as well as the colorful characters.