No one could doubt that Miss Lily Clarke was a vicar's daughter. So angelic was she, charitable and compassionate, that all God's creatures earned and deserved her boundless devotion. Even those who did not wish it, such as Julian Winslow, Lord Ashton. Long ago, Julian had taken mans measure and found it lacking. Since then he had kept his own counsel with the lone arrogant pride attributed to the King of Beasts. But Julians fierce demeanor did not discourage Lily, who set about to remove the thron from the lions paw.