Clydon Castle, England, 1192
Taken captive by the knight Ranulf, a golden giant of a man, Reina is chosen to partner the despised Lord Rothwell. But she will never accept such bondage, and instead offers herself to Ranulf, with a promise to make him a great lord, if he agrees to marry her.
Ranulf has pledged to deliver Reina to Lord Rothwell but discovers that, far from being willing to give her to another, he wants her for himself, and desires much more than a marriage of convenience from this proud, headstrong beauty.
She treats him with contempt, yet beneath her scathing remarks burns a passion that makes his blood run hotter than liquid fire. He has vowed that she must come to him of her own free will, and indeed the passion that consumes them both cannot be denied for long, even though grave dangers lie in wait on the rocky road to a true and lasting love.