Desperate to return home to Texas, the widow of a Rebel hero finds an unlikely bodyguard in a wounded soldier who isn't what he seems. Rhys Redding grew up on the streets of London, sleeping in stables, picking pockets, and begging for scraps of food. He found a way out as a mercenary in Africa, and returned to England a rich man, only to end up in a Confederate prison. Now his only hope of escape is a black-haired beauty who needs him as badly as he needs her. Widow Susannah Fallon came to Richmond to find the only family she has left. The stranger in the cot next to her brother's was arrested for wearing a Yankee uniform, but Susannah soon discovers that nothing about Maj. Rhys Redding is what it seems -- except the powerful desire that follows them when he escorts her and her embittered wounded brother across the lawless, war-ravaged South. Back home in Texas, Susannah is in danger of falling for her enigmatic protector. But Rhys has a score to settle -- and the chance to right one last terrible wrong.