For generations, legend had stalked the battlements of the fortress Montsalvat. And now Alienor de Perpignan found herself promised in marriage to the man at the of the oft-whispered tales: Dagobert, Count de Pereille. A near mythical being rumored to be a beast by day and more than a man by night! That Alienor was his true-destined bride, Dogobert had no doubt. Indeed, with her exotic beauty and blade-bright spirit, she could be no other. But could he who bore the mark..the curse...of ancient kings ever trust her enough to open his heart?