Adam Selkirk, Lord Ramsay, thirsts for revenge against the shallow courtesan who sent his beloved sister to her death during the Reign of Terror. But there is something he wants even more: the mystical powers wielded by his mentor, a mysterious Scottish Laird who sent him on a long pilgrimage to atone for his failure to protect his sister--after binding Adam to a vow of chastity which he has struggled to maintain for nine long years. Now, after years of exile, his teacher has called Adam to his remote Scottish Isle promising to fulfill both his desires at a last--but only if Adam brings him the courtesan’s virgin daughter, Zoe. Adam claims Zoe brutally, only to learn she is nothing like her devious mother. Ugly and neglected, her features scarred by smallpox, the sharp-witted Zoe has turned away from her mother’s way of life and modeled her character on the homely but resourceful duke who fathered her. After her terrified mother hands Zoe over to Adam’s custody, Zoe elicits the information that it is her virginity that makes her valuable to Adam’s master. She resolves to win back her freedom by ridding herself of it--by seducing the austere Lord Ramsay. Her scheme misfires, but not before awakening the couple’s long-suppressed need for physical and emotional closeness. Their attempts to avoid the irresistible attraction that grows between them catapults them into a forced marriage that may turn into real love--but only if they can survive the Ramsay family curse, the courtesan’s meddling, and a searing confrontation with the shadowy mystic master who set their love in motion.