This pioneer of the romantic fiction genre renews her grateful readers' acquaintance with old friends, the "Birminghams of The Flame" and the "Flower" and "The Elusive Flame" fame. This time it's Brandon's younger brother Jeffrey and his off-again, on-again marriage to beautiful English import Raelynn that captivates audiences. Circumstances - and a murderous villain - have conspired to separate newlyweds Jeff and Raelynn.Raelynn has been broadsided by the accusation that Jeff has impregnated a young serving girl and refused to acknowledge his child. Jeff, of course, vehemently denies the accusation, but Raelynn is unsure she can trust her handsome husband. Just when the young lovers manage to mend their quarrel, a pregnant Raelynn is horrified to discover Jeff standing over the body of the murdered serving girl with the murder weapon in his hand. Throw in a ruthless merchant with designs to possess Raelynn at any cost and a mysterious murderer with a secret worth killing for, and you've got a classic from veteran author Woodiwiss.