On a dark and dangerous road, a daring British adventurer saves the life of a countess of royal blood. In all his travels, Colonel Tyrone Rycroft has never encountered a woman as breathtaking, alluring, and inscrutably mysterious as the bewitching Synnovea. But his selfless bravery has drawn him into peril -- and into an inescapable web of intrigue and seduction.
In an opulent and treacherous imperial court, the proud, headstrong lady′s dashing champion has become a pawn in a dangerous game of power and influence -- and only his great courage and wits will enable him to survive it. But Rycroft′s enflamed desire will not let him escape to the safety of his own world -- not until his dream is realized, and the enigmatic, highborn beauty has given herself to him freely, honestly, and forever.
When her entourage is attacked by a band of ruthless Cossacks, beautiful Countess Synnovea Zenkovna is rescued by a mysterious horseman, British officer Tyrone Rycroft, in a romantic saga set against the intrigues and treachery of czarist Russia.