Behind the magnolia trees, midnight balls, and mint juleps of the pre-civil war South lay a seething world of unleashed passions, brutal cruelty, and ironclad loyalties.
Jebediah had run away so many times he lost count. Now he'd been bought by ruthless slave trader Duke Avery.
But Jeb's power, education, and surging good looks aroused the envy and hatred of Duke's neighbors--especially when every woman, white or black, who saw him wanted his body.
Jeb wouldn't give up his dream of escaping to the North. Until he could, the only heaven in his life was Duke's black mistress, Jessie--until Duke caught them together one night and Jeb's world became pure hell.