When Peter Holland married Sarah Woodard's dear cousin, she was astonished. After all, contrary to turn-of-the-century convention, the two girlhood companions had vowed they would never marry. And when Peter's wife mysteriously passed away, Sarah was convinced the man she'd never met had something to do with it. So she hired herself out as a tutor for Peter's little boy, determined to expose a heartless fiend. But instead, she found a warm, devoted father who arouses in her feelings of forbidden passion. And now that Sarah has learned Peter's ideal high-society marriage was anything but, she must decide whether he is the perfect man for her--or a dangerous deceiver.