This book grabbed me from page 1. Isabella is in France and meets a mysterious comte who gives her an ancient Scottish clan charm stone, telling her she must return it to the rightful clan. As she sets out to return to her home in England, her ship is waylaid and the Scottish "pirates" recognize the ancient stone. They take Isabella, along with other booty, to the legendary "Adventurer" -- Calum Mackay of Wrath.
Calum wasn't looking for any captives. He's in hiding from the British governement, his calling is to liberate the Scottish Jacobite prisoners who are being exiled to the Colonies as indentured servants. So when the daughter of an English duke is suddenly dumped in his lap, he is less than pleased to see her. The only thing that prevents him from setting her adrift to find her way home is the stone she has hanging from her neck. It is his clan's ancient legacy. It was stolen when his father was killed three decades before. So what is this Sassenach duke's daughter doing with it?
The tale, and the romance that develops between Isabella and Calum makes for entertaining and gripping reading. My only complaint is I didn't want it to end! This author never fails to write clean, lyrical prose with a true sense of setting. Having been there myself, I can say her knowledge of the Scottish Highlands is without question. You will be transported to the mist and the heather on every page.
I can't wait for the next story in this series.
I also highly recommend the first book in this series of novels, THE PRETENDER. It tells the story of Isabella's older sister and another Highland Hero.