Baron Gilles D'Argent meets Emma, a penniless, talented weaver, when her uncle brings her before him claiming she has given away her virtue and therefore cost him the benefit of a marriage arranged for her. Emma refuses to name her lover, to whom she considers herself married because of the private vows of marriage they exchanged.
Two years later, when Gilles rescues Emma and her baby from the attack of mad dogs, she comes back to his notice. He brings her into his household and makes her his private weaver. Of course, the lover she thought she married, and who subsequently abandoned her and their baby, is Sir William, a member of Gilles's household.
Although fascinated with Emma, Gilles is hesitant to get involved with her. He fears rejection due to his age and Emma's obvious appeal to the younger and more handsome men of the Keep. However, they cannot deny the feelings they have for each other and become both friends and lovers. Emma dares to dream that she could be the lady of Gille's heart as he would be the master of hers.
Historical romance. Good book. I would give it 3 stars.