Back cover: Disgust flooded through beautiful, tawny-haired young Kathleen Whatley when she was presented to her future bridegroom -- a man as perverse in his lusts as he was imperious in his power.
Flight from aristocratic Boston was Kathleen's only hope. But when she reached distant, Spanish-owned California, her hope turned to horror in the bed of a handsome, ruthless ravisher who was deaf to her pleas and merciless in his hunger.
Shadowed by the monstrous memory of one man, enslaved by the savage passion of another, Kathleen faced a far and fearful path to fulfillment -- and a trial by love and terror that demanded the ultimate from her as a woman in a world ruled by the violence of men . . .