Back cover: All of Sydney, Australia, called Maddie Burns the most beautiful and most unattainable woman in the city. After her arrival from England, she had built her family's tavern into the dining establishment for this rugged land's homesick English aristocracy. Not one of them gazed at her lovely amber eyes and innocent face and guessed at the shame that haunted her dreams or the secrets she kept so carefully hidden - not even Ashton Kitteredge. The dashing outcast son of Britain's noblest houses, Ash's own past was fatefully intertwined with Maddie's and with a brutally cruel aristocrat called "The Ratcatcher." Now the terrifying events set in motion years before would climax in this magnificent sun-scorched land, and sweep Maddie into an odyssy of danger and adventure that would deliver her into the hands of the enemy she dreaded most...or the arms of the cherished lover she had waited all her life to find.