Francesca Greentree is the third daughter of the famous courtesan, Madame Aphrodite. She was only a baby when she and her sisters were kidnapped and she has never wanted to have any contact with her notorious mother, preferring the company of her foster mother, Lady Amy Greentree, and the wild and lonely Yorkshire moors. But Aphrodite now fears for Francesca’s safety--she believes that the man who kidnapped her daughters is still alive, and may hurt them again. So she hires Sebastian Thorne, a dark and dangerous man, who lives on the borders between accepted society and the criminal underworld, to find the truth. Seb arrives in Yorkshire, and is left for dead in one of the quicksands on the moor, but Francesca finds him and saves him. There is an instant and powerful physical attraction between them. This frightens Francesca for she believes such feelings are her mother’s inheritance, and resists them. But when she goes to London, and Seb follows her, they are both in danger from the man who kidnapped Francesca when she was a baby and who means to harm her again. And to protect her, Seb must face his own tragic past and become again the titled man he rejected eight years before.