Betrayed . . . In all the world, no man exists who can tame Alexandra Rubilov. A fiery and beautiful free-thinker, Alex's steadfast refusal to marry has frustrated her hapless father. And so he creates a "long-forgotten" agreement and sends his rebellious daughter away -- falsely maintaining that Alexandra has been promised since childhood to the handsome, insufferable libertine whom she must now accompany to his homeland to wed.
Betrothed . . . Dismayed to find himself suddenly engaged, Count Vasili Petroff plans to repulse his unwanted fiancée by acting the perfect cad -- unaware that wily Alexandra plans to follow a similar path. But the road to deception is a rocky one -- and its many unexpected turns can lead two reluctant companions to a most unanticipated destination: that place called passionate love.