1945 is the year. Claire Randall, a former battlefield medic, has recently returned from the war and is on her second honeymoon with her husband when she passes through a standing stone in one of the ancient circles that dot the British Isles. She finds herself a Sassenach—an “outlander”—in a Scotland torn apart by conflict and raiding border clans in the year of Our Lord…1743.
Claire is thrown back in time by forces she doesn’t comprehend, thrusting her into the intrigues of lairds and spies that threaten her life and ruin her love. For it is here that James Fraser, a gallant young Scots warrior, demonstrates a devotion so total that Claire becomes torn between fidelity and desire—and between two profoundly different men in two irreconcilable lives.