This book tells Rian Becket's story, picking up several months after we last saw him near the end of 'A Reckless Beauty'. By the time the story starts, he's already begun his romance with Lisette, a young woman who has more going on below her beautiful surface than he suspects. The plot is obviously divided into three parts, the first one a little slow-moving, but once Rian and Lisette begin their journey back to Romney Marsh, it became apsorbing enough that I stayed up much later than I had intended, to finish the book.
I didn't like this book as much as a couple of the others in the series, but it is by no means a bad one. Lisette was a lot of fun, and Rian became much more enjoyable as he came out of his opium haze (which happened awfully quickly, and with no real consequences from the withdrawl - perhaps it was a side effect of his very strong character?). The book did seem like its real purpose was to serve as the bridge between the events of 'A Reckless Beauty' and 'Becket's Last Stand', but it's still worth the few hours that it takes to read it.