Born to a Greek mother and British father and raised in the heart of the Ottoman Empire, Mari Sinclair’s allegiances are as mixed as her heritage. A shot exploding above her head convinces Mari it is time to cease spying for the British and return to her work as a naturalist and illustrator. The British government, knowing the value of her unique talents, refuses to let her go and blackmails her into continuing. To complicate her life ever more, they saddle her with the far too handsome Major Bennett Prestwood, an overbearing, battle-weary soldier, ordered to ensure she fulfills her mission for the crown. It soon becomes clear that her identity has been compromised and she is in grave danger. Yet, she’s given one last task-to draw the specifications of a new fort in the heart of an area so perilous two agents have already perished in the attempt. Despite Bennett’s claims to be her protector, he demands her cooperation on the deadly mission. When passion flares between them, Mari must decide if she can trust her heart to a man who obeys orders at all costs...even if the ultimate cost is her life. After fighting Napoleon for twelve years, Major Bennett Prestwood believes that without duty, life would be chaos. Yet when he’s ordered to travel to Constantinople to protect a spy, he hesitates. Too many family obligations await him in England to waste time protecting a foolish woman who cares nothing for her own safety. But a good soldier always obeys orders, and he accepts the mission. Despite his expectations, the stunning beauty he is assigned to protect tempts him to look beyond his assignment and the duty which has always ruled his life. When the full extent of the danger toward her is revealed, he must rely on all his expertise to discover the person behind the plot against her life before it’s too late. As always, duty must take precedence over his wishes. But what if that duty forces him to sacrifice the life of the woman he loves?