Desiree married a man old enough to be her grandfather-in fact he was her grandfathers friend-to save herself from a cruel and ruthless suitor. To her surprise, although she had to give up her dreams of passion, she found great happiness in her platonic marriage. Sir Frewyn was gentle and taught her self-esteem and how to manage her lands. But then Frewyn had a stroke, France was gathering forces to make war, and her seacoast lands were in the direct path of the invasion. Desiree had to appeal to Sir Simon Lemagne, the sheriff of Sussex, for help, and Sir Simon sent his own sisters-son, Alexandre Baudoin, who was all that Desiree had dreamed of when she had dreams of passion.