At 22, Lady Julianna Sterling was literally left standing at the altar without a groom. Five years later, the pain and betrayal of being jilted have faded, and she’s convinced herself it’s of little consequence that she’s well beyond marriageable age. Then her mundane world is rocked when her coach is waylaid by the notorious highwayman called the Magpie. The Magpie is really Viscount Dane Granville, who is using his disguise to ferret out a counterfeiter for the Crown. When the coachman panics, ends up dead, and the only passenger--Julianna--is hurt, Dane has no choice but to take her with him. In an effort to escape, she shoots him, only to suffer an attack of conscience. She stays to tend him while he heals, and unexpectedly finds herself falling hard for him--and he for her. But Dane still has a mission to complete and reluctantly lets her go. Julianna returns to London and is shocked when, at a party, she comes face to face with Viscount Granville--Dane. Who is he, really? The Magpie? The viscount? Dane won’t become involved with Julianna for fear of jeopardizing her life and Julianna can’t believe she’s in love with a man she doesn’t even know. Is their love strong enough to survive a relationship based on deception?