Once again Roberta Gellis has set an intriging passionate novel in a medieval time period with a skill that makes history come alive. When Lady Barbara Bigod first told Alphonse d'Aix she lived him she was 13 years old and he considered her only a child. When they meet again 11 years later he has grown to love her spirit, her mind and her love of court intrigue. But she accuses him of wanting to make her his mistress. When he immediately asks her to marry him, she fears she has shamed him into the question. When she says yes, he thinks she is joking. They marry, but neither is sure of the other. Court intrigues, rumors of invasion and attempts on Barbara's honor further complicate their marriage.