Jessica Whinburn's first meeting with handsome Lord Deyncourt was an outrage: he shot her! Traveling on the London road, Deyncourt believed he'd spied a highwayman robbing a coach...and fired his pistol. But the red-haired culprit turned out to be a comely young woman whose only crime was attempting to halt the abuse of the vehicle's horses. Deyncourt's dismay soon turned to desire..to take the shabbily dressed beauty in his arms. Jessica's alarm ignited into anger at this hothead who had nearly caused her demise. Her own fortune gone, the scholarly Jessica had been on her way to seek employment translating Greek. Now, she was forced to endure Deyncourt's care and company to recover her health...only to lose her heart to him. Alas, Deyncourt was already making a match with a society lady, while Peter, his young ward, was embarrassingly smitten by Jessica. Add one nefarious enemy, and the stage was set for intrigue and heartbreak...unless an unexpected act of courage could pave the way to love.