In Edinburgh, December 1816, young widow Lady Lenora Fitzallan accepts an
invitation to the country estate of Edward Montgomery, the man she once thought
to marry seventeen years previously. Until he left without explanation.
Accompanied by her godmother, Lady Pettigrew, Lenora forms a friendship with
Edward’s young niece and ward, Annabelle, who has a propensity for getting into
scrapes and falling in love with the wrong man.
In the days leading up
to the Masquerade Ball on the Winter Solstice, another guest arrives. Mr.
Henderson has a particular reason for meeting Annabelle, who distrusts him on
sight. Meanwhile, Lenora struggles with her rekindled feelings for Edward, while
thinking of Robert Masters, the sophisticated man who hopes to marry her when he
returns from abroad. As past secrets begin to unfold, Annabelle is rescued from
harm, and a dashing, costumed stranger arrives at the Ball.
past is revealed and the real villain unmasked, Lenora must decide where and
with whom her future now lies.