Marriage is a maneuvering business, but in the summer of 1890, it might cost Lady Hazel Whitmore her life.
Shy of her twenty-first birthday, Hazel reluctantly returns to London for the season. As the upper class flaunt their wealth in the hopes of securing advantageous matches, Hazel’s future has already been decided. On the verge of being thrown into marriage with a stranger of her father’s choosing, she has all but accepted the fate handed to her. That is until an insidious plan is uncovered, and Hazel learns that the value of her life might be outweighed by that of her inheritance. In danger, and uncertain of who to trust, she has no choice but to escape to the one person her brother believes will keep her safe.
From the moment she lays eyes on the enigmatic Samuel Buchanan, she realizes she is in over her head. A working-class man with a seemingly dubious profession, it appears to Hazel that the only thing they have in common is their instant dislike for one another. Yet not everything is as it seems, and the more she gets to know him, the more she finds herself drawn into his world, one full of passion, danger, and desire.
The past, however, is never far, and hers are not the only secrets being kept.
This summer Hazel will discover that some truths are buried for a reason.