Charis Landon could never submit to her stepfather's contemptible demands. She had to escape the confines of Carwinnion Manor. To run from his spiteful cane, his tyrannous ways and evil plans. Even if it meant certain death...Isobel Kelly's thoroughly captivating eighth spellbinder follows the runaway Charis embarking on a treacherous journey across country. Disguised as a stable boy and secretly stowed between fish boxes, she slips away on a boat, desperate to escape a dire betrothal to Baron Whaley - but he and her stepfather aren't the only threat. Fraught with fear and danger, her life is in the balance as she eludes the clutches of her tormentors, and seeks safety in her lover's arms. Can he guarantee her the protection she so gravely desires? One man's arms will bring her death. Another will ensure her freedom.