Devastated by the treachery of the woman he loves, the Marquis of Kenworth leaves London and the Prince Regent?s intimate circle of pleasure-loving friends to join the Duke of Wellington?s army as plain Captain Ivan Worth. Facing hardship and the grim reality of battle, he is convinced that no woman can ever be trusted to love him for himself, rather than his title, and turns his back on romance forever. Now, wounded by a shell from a French gun, he is in Paris, an invalid guest of his close friend the duke, and waiting for his wound to heal while nursing his broken heart. Enter Shenda, the beautiful daughter of Lord Linbury, who was orphaned after the death of her esteemed, but poverty-stricken father. Alone in the world, she has travelled to Paris to fulfill her father?s last wish that she seek the protection of his old friend, the Duke of Wellington.