Betrothed to a man fifty years her senior at age ten, Lady Rosalind has been living a life of quiet desperation. One thing her father and future husband underestimated is her determination to flee her situation, even if she must make a new life alone on foreign shores.
Michael Seyleign, the Duke of Seyleign and Leeves, is England s most eligible bachelor. However, he has little patience for marriage minded mothers and the London season in general. After one exceptionally grueling night at a party, he makes up his mind to leave the city early, and go back to his estate, Denlask Palace.
The Duke is relieved when he is back on Denlask soil, but then he sees a man riding quickly through his property. Michael gives chase and is astonished it isn t a man, but a young girl. This isn t any young girl; this is a sword and gun-wielding warrior.
Rosalind challenges Michael to a fight so she at least still has a chance, but quickly sees she is in an unwinnable situation. Realizing she will be sent back home, she decides to make the ultimate sacrifice. She would rather die than marry her intended.