Though she was a widow with a school age son, Emily, Viscountess Darrow was still young and lovely. But she had no wish to wed again. Her late husband had granted her an independence no other man would, and she preferred the struggles of being single to submitting to male tyranny. The Duke of Hartford was all Emily abhorred in the opposite sex. This handsome, wealthy and powerful widower thought women no more than prety playthings. And when Emily and Hartford were thrown together in a cross countryh unt for two scholboy runaways, Emily had to teach this arrogant aristocrat that a lady could be as strong as any lord, even as he expertly probed for the weakness she dared not admit yet could not deny.