Aislinn of Sevenoaks truly wants to be wed. She wants to know love and to have a family, but after four husbands perish on their wedding nights, Aislinn believes she is cursed. Yet the King decrees she must wed, and a fifth potential husband is sent to Sevenoaks.
Baron Desmond du Luc wants a young, nubile wife who will love him and beget him many children. However, he knows he must do as the king decrees and he prepares to wed The Poison Flower, who he assumes after the deaths of four husbands, must be an aging crone. On his arrival at Sevenoaks, his future wife remains in her chambers, apparently still in mourning. But what intrigues him the most is the young beauty he meets in the maze in the garden. Night after night they meet and he wishes that she could be the one he marries.
Aislinn meets her future husband in secret nightly, but never tells him the truth of her identity. She begins to fall in love with him and becomes even more determined not to marry him, for she cannot handle the idea of her curse killing him. When her true identity is revealed, Desmond does not believe he can trust her. After learning more about her previous husbands, Desmond believes that someone had murdered them for a mysterious secret treasure supposedly hidden inside of Sevenoaks. Aislinn in turns believes she cannot trust him because he acts secretive and asks many questions about a treasure. However, their original mutual attraction still holds strong. They have to learn to trust each other, before the murderer of Sevenoaks can strike again.