Rafe Carstairs, a Waterloo survivor, has spent recent years as a special agent for the British East India Company attempting to identify the elusive Black Cobra, who has inflicted pain and death upon British and Indian citizens. He tries to avoid the Cobra’s cult members while traveling to England with the proof of the traitor’s identity.
On his journey he meets Loretta Michaelmarsh and her great-aunt Esme, who need an escort to England. While curious about their handsome escort, Loretta has no experience flirting. With subtle aid from Esme, coupled with Rafe’s attraction to her, an unusual romance develops. They discover the true meaning of love and caring more about another’s well-being than their own, no matter what they face from the Cobra. (AVON, Nov., 358 pp., $7.99)