At eighteen, poised on the threshold of womanhood, Jessica's world is suddenly shattered in one terrible moment of truth. Cruelly torn from her childhood home and the only family she's ever known, she agrees to a marriage she hopes will protect the birthright so long denied her
But Nicholas Carlyle's vast South Carolina plantation is not the safe haven she had anticipated. As she gazes into the steel-gray eyes of the stranger she has married, her heart pounds wildly. As his searing kisses trail fiery paths across her trembling body, she is helpless with awakened desire... and growing fear For somewhere nearby lurks an enemy who means to destroy her And even in the tantalizing ecstasy of Nicholas's fierce passion, tender whisperings of love are mingled with a terrifying message of danger..