A gambler, womanizer, and all-around wastrel, Alexander Sheffield yearns for a rousing adventure to redeem himself. Heading off to the frozen Russian tundra to rescue a young cousin seems to be just the mission he needs. But this quest is soon jeopardized by the deadliest enemy of all: a headstrong beauty.
Orphaned and penniless, young Octavia Hadley accepts a position as a governess in Moscow. And while the journey from England is terribly daunting, she soon finds greater peril in the heated advances of a most becoming stranger. But Mr. Alexander Sheffield will have to use more than sweet words to melt Octavia's heart and bask in the glow of her fiery passion.