A husband! That was the last thing Damaris wanted. her previous experience in husband-hunting had left a bad taste in her mouth, and since then shes been too busy nursing her grandfather, worrying over her step-brothers failing heart and trying to keep the manor from falling abouttheir ears to consider the matter. if her profligate progenitors hadnt wasted their substance, plain skinny Damaris might had had a decent dowry. She hasnt--and shes stunned when her grandfather and her great-aunt arrange a marriage with wealthy, handsome, Edmund Lateleur, a nearby landowner and industrialist. Why on earth has he chosen her? When she meets the gentleman, she feels twinges of desire, and he encourages her feelings for reasons of his own. Edmund intends to keep those reasons secret until hes wooed and won her. But he becomes suspicious of Damaris affection for her beautiful step-brother. Believing shes in love with him, Edmund treats her cruelly on their wedding night. Despite that ordeal, Damaris gradually settles into a marriage of convenience, finding satisfaction and even passion in it,especially after she convinces she loves her step-brother only as a brother. But when her husbands real motives come to light, her heart is shatter. She returns to her old hame for her grandfathers funeral and falls into th clutches of an old enemy. Can she save herself, or will a repentant Edmund arrive in time fo rescue her?