Raeford Kenton, Earl of Leyland and heir to his father's title of Duke, has nightmares about when he became blind. Baron Upton's daughter, Eleanor, has secretly loved Rafe for several years. Believing he needs help, she rides to his retreat, his hunting lodge. Despite Rafe's determination to send her away, she returns to show him how to live blind. Heated desire swirls around them. When Rafe warns her he will not marry, she asks him to be her lover. Rafe says no and sends her home, but persistence and temptation wears away his resolve. His father's unexpected death brings new responsibilities and the return of a previous fiancee, Lavinia. Will Rafe chose Lavinia, the proper bride, or Ellie, his love, to be Duchess?