Rhys ap Gruffydd is a man accursed, his scarred face hidden behind a black leather mask. When he hears of a lass who can heal him, he acts without honor, he kidnaps her. But Aileen O'Conaire is no fey child, she is a woman, and she will resist and attract the Welsh lord as no blue blooded beauty ever has. Possessed with the gift of ancient magic, Aileen perceives her fierce abductor as a fallen angel, a man more afflicted in his heart than in his flesh. She despises him for taking her captive, yet cannot deny the desire he stirs in her blood.