It was bad enough that family misfortune reduced Verity Worth's position of privilege to a state of near poverty. It was even worse when she took the post of paid companion to Miss Cecily Pettiforth and had to rein in as spoiled a chit as it had ever been her misfortune to meet. But the worst was still to come when handsome and heartless Lord Henry Rathbone came courting Cecily -- and decided Verity was fair game for unseemly sport. Lord Rathbone knew all too well how to turn a woman's head, win her heart, and walk off with her virtue. And unless Verity strengthened her weakening resolve to resist his irresistible advances, she would be at the mercy of this unscrupulous man.