Love for Such a Man Could Lead Only to Disaster! Beauty and innocence were rare qualities in a woman in the turbulent times of eleventh-century Spain, but Madelon del Rivas y Montevides possessed both. Although desired by many men, she had fallen in love with the dashing Valentin Maratin, the man who had saved her from being sold into slavery but who was a mortal enemy of her beloved brother. Loyalty to her family struggled in her heart with passion, but there was room for only one. And soon she found herself plunged into a world of lies, intrigue . . . and murder.