Adaira Godwin is a noble-born, heiress who has lived all her life with her father at their vast estate, Stanwood Manor. When the Normans invade and take control of the keep, including Adaira and her father, the life she knew is over. She becomes a servant, under the rule of foreign invaders. A spitfire by nature, she is unprepared to bow to Renouf de Sinclaire, the leader of the Normans and new lord of the keep. When her father dies rather suddenly, Adaira decides to become an anchoress of the church, sealing herself into a tomb and living in total isolation. Nevertheless, Renouf de Sinclaire has other ideas.