Here’s to the next generation—Tysen Sherbrooke now has four sons and Meggie, age 19. Her almost-cousin, Jeremy Stanton-Greville, Sophia Sherbroooke’s brother, the man Meggie has held in silent adoration since she was thirteen years old, unknowingly breaks her guileless heart. Deeply depressed, she rallies with a hasty marriage to Thomas Malcombe, the earl of Lancaster and a brand new card in the Sherbrooke deck, in the spring of 1824, despite a very nasty rumor involving a local girl.
Thomas takes his bride to Pendragon, a castle on the southeastern coast of Ireland. A monstrous old place, filled with very eccentric folk, Pendragon nonetheless charms Meggie, until she discovers that she’s there for a reason that could lead to disaster.