The alliance of the ruggedly handsome Earl of Torquay to the ravishing Lydia of Weldon seemed nothing less than a perfect match. They were wealthy young aristocrats-and Lydia was deeply in love with her headstrong Scottish husband. Never once did she suspect that her marriage would whirl her into the depths of vengeance and intrigue. From out of the Earl's silent past came the beautiful and powerful Myrna McDougall, naming Torquay as the father of her illegitimate son. Her friend, the impoverished gambler Sir Charles, would stop at nothing to get a new fortune--and his beautiful young cohort would stop at nothing to get Torquay.
Surrounded by envy, Lydia became the object of their hate--and their treacherous plots. Her life and new love constantly endangered, she boldly aided her husband in his defense of their home and family--even while her heart suffered its first troubling doubts.