Annaliese was but a simple maiden. Yet her innocent curiosity about his warrior's body had aroused in Kendran Ainsworth an unfamiliar desire to protect and cherish. Though with her just suspicions of anyone noble, Annaliese would never accept him if she knew his true identity. So how then would he, the son of a highborn family, ever convince her of the truth of his love? Annaliese's aid and succor to a stranger left for dead had been no more than a charitable gesture. Yet that simple act of mercy would forever link her fate — and her heart — to Kendran Ainsworth, and doom her to love a man who, by right of birth, was not to be trusted!