The mysterious death of her beloved father has left Lady Veronica Strake alone to manage Byerly, his bankrupt estate - and to deal with an army of greedy relatives. But then her childhood companion Max returns from overseas... The little boy who shared in Veronica's youthful escapades is now completely grown up...in a most attractive way. And the powerful bond between the two has given way to lightning bolts. Because they are distant cousins, there seems to be no impediment to their marrying. Except that Max is already an engaged man. Learning this, Veronica longs to flee, but Max persuades her to stay - after all, they must find out why her father died so suddenly, and what happened to the treasure he had been pursuing. As they team up to solve these puzzles, the passin sizzling between them threatenes to burst its bounds3and Veronica comes to realize that, no matter what happens, this remarkable man will always be her dearest Max.