The Claiming ceremonies are nearly defunct. Wolf shifters are tired of being herded like cattle to the slaughter in the yearly ceremonies that pit wolf against wolf in the search for a reasonable chosen mate. When the chain finally breaks, it’s not just the unmated lonely that feel the need to break with tradition.
One Alpha wishes to be able to seek his mate in whomever he chooses, not someone the Goddess or the fates decide for him. He rejects her, leaving her broken and embittered and craving nothing more than to be far, far away from him.
Enter the Alpha’s enemy, a man who would undermine him at any given chance.
And now, it looks like he just may have one.