Niece-by-marriage of an impoverished lord, lovely Mary Anne Judson was most satisfied with her simple country life with dear Uncle Edwin. After all, the darling man saved her from a most dismal orphan's fate. Yet, much as she loved her uncle, he had a serious larcenous streak that needed tending. When ten bolts of smuggled French silk washed up near their home. Uncle Eddie contrived to keep the contraband to sell illegally! But a suspicious London draper, the surprisingly handsome Mr. Robertson, began a thorough search for his stolen goods. And suddenly, Mary Anne couldn't help but be drawn into her uncle's scheme--or for that matter, into the arms of the curious Mr. Robertson. His smooth manners were those of an aristocrat, not a simple merchant. Still, fearful of the stranger's motives and anxious for her uncle's safety. Mary Anne did her utmost to protect him. If only it were as easy to protect her romantic heart.