Gavin Faulkener isn't like most Englishmen in 14th c. Scotland: He has some morals. Christian MacGillean, a relative of the outlawed Scots king, Robert Bruce, is wholly like most Scots: She despises the English. Faulkener weds the lady, to save her from a slow, horrid death; is awarded her property; and is stuck between doing the bidding of his king and doing what is right by his new wife. He chooses wisely, but the choice isn't quite as simple as it seems.
This is a lovely novel by Susan King, and a thoroughly enjoyable one. The hero, Faulkener, is compassionate, intelligent, shrewd and simply charming. Lady Christian couldn't hold out against him, and neither could I!