As the Archduke of a wealthy Austrian duchy, Varek Von Vischering has but one duty - to provide his family lands with an heir. But despite his overpowering love for his wife Christina, Varek's happy union has produced one heartbreaking loss after another. Now, with political unrest threatening his rule and advisors calling for divorce, the handsome aristocrat fears for his beautiful wife's safety, but never does he expect her to vanish from his home and his life.. Christina would never be able to stand by and watch her beloved husband take another woman as wife. Instead she flees, finding asylum in the arms of a British nobleman, bearing his son, and living an anonymous, staid life. But everything changes when Christina accompanies her new husband to a political congress in Austria, a fateful meeting that will bring her face-to-face with her past and the one man she cannot forget. Now in the glittering ballrooms of Vienna, Christina and Varek find that the years have not dimmed the fiery passion they have both tried to deny, a hunger that will take them to the edge of desire and endanger everything they hold dear..--This text refers to the Paperback edition.