Claire Banning fulfilled every debutante's dream when she married the heir to a dukedom - only to discover he was a dissolute wastrel. Then a dark and dangerous nobleman abducts her on a journey home, and Claire's life - and her heart - are changed forever. Hugh Battancourt refuses to be swayed by his prisoner's beauty. He must intercept a letter full of secrets she intends to turn over to the enemy. But soon their battle of wills sparks an irresistible attraction. Is it possible that Claire could discover the true meaning of love with this handsome stranger? One who will stop at nothing to protect her from someone who is intent on placing Claire in the path of danger?