Miss Gillian Kentwell was willing to risk anything to escape the monstrous marriage that her grim guardian had arranged for her. With her twin brother in tow, she fled the estate that was her only home in a desperate flight for freedom and safe haven far to the north in Scotland. Too late she had second thoughts about the dangers of highways teeming with thieves and inns that were dens of iniquity.
She desperately needed someone to aid her and guide her as she fled her guardian's hot pursuit-and she could not say no when a handsome, high-living stranger offered his suspiciously helping hand. He said he had only the most magnanimous of motives. He claimed to be Julian de Raymond, the Earl of Brinton. But his companion called him Rafferty. And for Gillian the name of this man whose lips could lie as well as they kissed might easily be ruin.