A terrible sense of foreboding had gripped Arabella Darracott ever since she had left England to join her guardian in New South Wales. Years before, a Gypsy fortune-teller had warned her of a purple-blossomed tree on a faraway shore, and of a devil of a man who awaited her there. Now, as she nears her destination, shipwreck and fate leave her stranded in the wilds of Australia, the only survivor of the Heather Rose, the vessel on which she had journeyed to her destination. Lost and ill with fever, Arabella awakens to find herself at the mercy of her rescuer, "Demon" Lucien Sinclair, an infamous ex-convict who has become rich in the gold fields of New South Wales. Lucien --- wild and wickedly handsome --- is the fallen archangel of her dreams. But the crime in his past is linked to a dangerous secret. And the passion he ignites in Arabella beneath the Jacaranda tree of her fortune could cost her not only her future, but even her very life!