In 1819 London, a time when marriage is of convenience and love often a game, one fashionable couple's union seems to be a model of constancy. But on a cold November night, the disappearance of their child plunges Charles and Melanie Fraser into a nightmare of intrigue and uncertainty that stretches back to the Napoleonic War. The search for their son rips their perfect jewel-box of a life asunder, laying bare hard truths that lurk at the heart of their union.
Yet it isn't long before they hear of their child's fate from his kidnappers. His ransom is a ring...not just any ring, but the one that -- legend has it -- bestows power upon its owner. A ring many in power would kill to possess.As Charles and Melanie's search takes them on a journey to the underside of Regency society, they are focused to unravel a past that binds them together in unexpected ways, even as it threatens to destroy them.