Lady Amelie Wainwoode's secret identity is secure until the arrival of the scandalous Lord Stratfield. Determined to protect her good name and clandestine art career she counters his blackmail. 'Now she must leave the sanctuary of her aunt's home in London for his Lake District estate at White Ash to fulfill the bargain. Her presence unveils more than the hushed history which binds their families. David Ashworth, Lord Stratfield, has endured deceit, censure and scandals. Even so, he does not hesitate to manipulate rumors of his disreputable behavior to his best advantage. He gives the daughter of the man he loathed for years no choice-comply with his plans and accept his terms or he will expose and ruin her.