A knight of the Realm, Firedrake is chosen by his king to strengthen the country's hold on Scotland and is selected to become the Lord of Cumberland. Commanded by his king, Firedrake is to marry the eldest daughter of the current Lord of Cumberland. This is a political marriage. Jaclyn, raised to be the Lady of Carlisle Castle, accepts the marriage with dignity and duty. And to her surprise, the marriage also provides love. But traitors in both England and Scotland have other plans for the future of Firedrake, Jaclyn, the Castle, and England itself.
Jaclyn paced nervously in her room. Downstairs in her father's library the clerics and stewards were reading the nuptial contract.
"You are the loveliest ever," Judith reassured her elder sister. "Why are you so nervous?"
"You will b...