A feud between King Stephen and Empress Matilda brought chaos to Isabel de Tracy's life, so much so that she found herself hostage in exchange for her brother Edmund's safety. But through it all, she held fast to the memory of a tough but tender soldier, Guy fitzAlan. How could she guess that when they finally met again, the circumstances would turn him against her? On the run from a scheming empress, they were forced to be together, and Guy's sense of betrayal made him savagely angry. In the face of such disbelief, how could Isabel tell him the truth?