In this book, sentenced to the gallows for trying to sell the treasures of the Knights Templar, Sir Alexander de Ashby has one chance for survival. The scoundrel must impersonate the late Earl of Marston, to whom he bears an uncanny resemblance, and infiltrate the lord's border castle. But first he must convince the earl's beautiful Scottish bride that his rightful place is in her bed. Relieved that the story of her long-absent husband's death was false - and enticed by a wild, sensuous side of him she had never experienced before - Lady Elizabeth cautiously welcomes 'the earl' back into her heart, unaware that the breathtaking imposter intends to vanish. But escape may be impossible even after his secret is revealed. For now Alexander burns for the proud, remarkable lady... and desires nothing more than to live - and die, if he must - for a glorious love born of deception and sin.