Once upon a time, there were three brothers. Three sons, three rightful heirs to a powerful duke. But when the duke died suddenly, their uncle laid claim of his own, locking away the young brothers. Their crime: existence. And so they escaped and separated to the corners of the Kingdom: to sea, to the streets, to a far away battle, until they were old enough to return and reclaim what was theirs. Lord Tristan Easton can navigate the world, but even after his brother reclaims his title and estates, Tristan remains lost, unable to connect with the brothers he was torn from so long ago…until an exquisite woman hires him to provide passage to see her fiancé. Lady Anne Hayworth has mourned for two years, ever since she received word that her fiancé was killed in the Crimea. To get on with her life, she must say goodbye to him, and so she hires the infamous Captain Jack Crimson to take her to where she needs to go. Oh, but this captain is an irritating devil-flirting with her, tempting her…and offering her pleasure she’s never known existed. Crimson is a man she can never have, a man who will hold the secret of her weakness, a man she’ll never see again. But during the first ball of the Season, Anne is introduced to the dashing and oh so familiar Lord Tristan Easton, and he is determined to make her his wife-even if he must destroy her reputation to do it.