In a remote English village, a romantic lark leads to love for a woman of high education and a man of low reputation. Lanyon Tremayne doesn't have the greatest reputation in the small Cornish village of St. Agnes. Harboring a shadowy past and known for his fierce temper, he could be described as a bit of an ogre. But nobody knows the secrets or pain he carries inside. A professor of Celtic mythology, Olivia Harding knows a thing or two about ogres. She's travelled all the way from Tennessee to St. Agnes to research the legend of a Cornish giant—and to finally bury some painful secrets of her own. When Olivia meets the ruggedly handsome Lanyon, her trip to Cornwall looks set to become even more interesting. But can she get through to the man beneath the rough-hewn exterior, or is Lanyon fated to be the outcast of St. Agnes forever?