At a young age Emily Fox was forced to take care of herself. Now, as an adult, she is the sole support of her siblings. With her band of cohorts she makes her living as a thief.

When she discovers letters hidden in the back of a painting she stole from Valin North, Marquis of Westfield, Emily remembers the tale of treasure that was hidden somewhere at Agincourt Hall, the ancestral home of Valin.

She manages to get invited to spend some time at Agincourt Hall. Valin, tired of the insipid females thrown in his path, feels there is something about this self-assured young woman.

While Emily tries searching the hall from top to bottom to find the treasure, Valin tries to resolve the mystery that is Emily. But Valin has a mystery of his own. It remains to be seen if it will destroy the tentative love they feel for one another.

Ms. Robinson, with a deft hand for characterization, dialogue and superb storytelling makes THE TREASURE a treasure to read. SENSUAL ( May, 350 pp., $5.99)

Reviewed by: 
Joan Hammond