Betrayed by his elder brother, rejected by his fiancée, banished by his father, and shunned by his mother, Lucas Kendrick, Duke of Harndon, fled to Paris, where he became the most sought-after bachelor in fashionable society. Ten years later, back in England as head of the family who rejected him, he must assume responsibility for his younger siblings, the family estate he once loved -- and the succession. He faces the prospect of marrying with the greatest reluctance -- until he meets Lady Anna Marlowe. Anna is no more a stranger to the shadows of a painful past than he is. But for her, marriage cannot so easily solve what is wrong in her life -- not when a tormentor stalks her to the very doors of Bowden Abbey.