"Till death us do part."
A solemn wedding vow, and one Lord Deverell's young bride most ardently wishes to bring about -- sooner rather than later! Only minutes after the wedding ceremony Alexandra is brandishing a pistol, accusing her husband of ruining her family.
So Deverell makes one more vow -- that he's completely innocent and will prove it. If she isn't totally convinced, then he'll take the consequences. He sets about winning Alexandra's trust -- using every means at his disposal.