Lured by quaint locomotives and eerie castles, librarian Catherine Hollis impulsively joins a mystery buff's tout: seeking a yen she devours in whodunit's. Within minutes, brash Jake Latimer smothers her with his hat, insults her appearance, snatches her suitcase, and steals a kiss -- all supposedly to charm her! Despite Catherine's suspicions about his bizarre flirtation, Jake can't reveal why he secretly studies her. Amid mock murder and mayhem, he outfoxes her defenses, beguiling her with sensual enchantment. But when the make-believe mystery is unraveled, will lie prove cunning enough to halt Catherine's retreat to her previous prim existence?