Lord George Gordon Audley had been Callista Brooke's best friend, and it was to Gordon she turned in desperation to avoid a loathsome arranged marriage. The repercussions of his gallant attempt ended with Callie in Jamaica, and Gordon on a one way trip to the penal colony of Australia. Now it's 1814, and Callie is in Washington, trapped in the battle between her native England and her adopted homeland. She is on the verge of losing everything, including her life, when Gordon cuts through the violent crowd to claim that she is his. Against all odds he had survived, and finding Callie is like reclaiming his tarnished soul. But the innocent friendship they shared as children has become a dangerous passion that may save or destroy them when they challenge the aristocratic society that exiled them both.