Lovely Katherine of York was known for her piety and her skill as mistress of a broider house. Only a few knew of her royal past, of the scandalous demands that sent her fleeing the debauchery of King John's court, and of her part in a traitorous pact against the British Crown. Now her fate lay in the hands of a stranger, a great, blond-haired Viking who strode out of the night and demanded payment of a debt in gold or goods . . . or a woman's fairest treasure.
From where had the man called Eric Shipwright come? What perilous seas had he sailed? Why did his very presence set her blood racing and her limbs trembling, blinding her to everything but an irresistible desire to taste his salt-kissed lips and drown in the depths of his stormy passion? She could lose her very life if she gave herself to this spy in sailor's clothing -- and lose her heart forever if she couldn't take him for her beloved and her lord.