Compassion and loyalty -- two endearing qualities, but they had brought Gerda to heartbreak and almost wrecked her chance of ever finding happiness. Compassion had led her into a brief and tragic marriage, and the sacrifice of her integrity in the eyes of the one man she really loved.
Three years later she was a widow, and loyalty - to her employers - had forced her back into the power of this one man who could destroy her. Loyalty of another sort had made Gerda give entirely the wrong impression of herself -- an impression that had not been forgotten by Jordan Black. Yet he was the man she loved as much as he despised her- - and he was a man without mercy . . .