London, 1816. A handsome baron. A faux betrothal. And Horatia's plan to join the London literary set takes a dangerous turn.
Guy Fortescue arrives in England to claim his inheritance, abandoned
over thirty years ago when his father fled to France after killing a man
in a duel. He is set upon by footpads in London, and on his way to his
country estate, robbers attack him again. Guy escapes only to knock
himself out on a tree branch.
Aspiring poet, Horatia Cavendish
has taken to riding her father's stallion, "The General," around the
countryside of Digswell dressed as a groom. When she discovers Guy lying
unconscious on the road, the two are forced to take shelter for the
night in a hunting lodge.
Someone wants Guy dead. Is it his
relative, Eustace Fennimore? He has been ensconced in Rosecroft Hall
during the family's exile and will become the heir should Guy die. Guy
proposes a faux betrothal to give him more time to discover the truth.
is determined to keep alive her handsome fiance, who has proven more
than willing to play the part of her lover even as he resists her
attempts to save him.