Rolfe de Miron has returned home after five long years on crusade. Time and experience have changed him, but he’s still bitter over the scandalous actions of his young wife, Melissande, who painfully betrayed him. But she’s his wife, he needs an heir, and the years have added tantalizing new depth to her beauty. What’s a righteous man to do?Melissande is a foolish girl no longer. She has made every effort to redeem herself since the scandal, and her tireless labors have earned her the respect of Rolfe’s people—including his mother. Yet Rolfe sees none of her hard work, only her failings. The only common ground they have is a very heated mutual attraction. What’s a determined wife to do?