As the roaring flames engulf her, Merry du Boise struggles futilely against the binding ropes before relinquishing herself to her fate. Miraculously, a fearless warrior sweeps her from the stake and from certain death, placing her under his protection. However, as a nun condemned for heresy, with whispers of sorcery surrounding her, Merry’s problems have barely begun. Luke, the king’s commander, has battled fire before and lived. Using his hard-earned moniker, the Phoenix, he has risen in the ranks of King Henry’s service with only one goal—to inherit his grandfather’s coveted estate of Arundel. Yet in the blink of an eye, rescuing a witch from the flames and stealing her away from the powerful Church have put his entire future in jeopardy! Having vowed to protect the fiery-haired beauty, Luke realizes he wants to offer her more than merely his sword arm. Yet Merry has been betrayed before. As her dark past catches up with her, can she put her faith in an earthly savior who is torn between duty to his king and his own personal desires?