Evan Gilliard died a hero’s death at Waterloo but his widow, Brione, is shunned by society when rumours regarding his patriotism circulate. A senior British officer had been sharing sensitive military secrets with the French. Evan is no longer alive to clear his name so Brione must somehow find a way to prove that Evan was a patriot, or spend the rest of her days living in the shadow of his tarnished reputation.
Brione is convinced that Evan’s commanding officer, Troy Erskine, the Duke of Alford, must either be aware of the identity of the traitor, or himself be the guilty party. An unexpected opportunity presents itself to investigate when she takes the place of her friend Rachel Woodley’s maid at a house party held by the duke’s sister at Alford Castle in the Lincolnshire Wolds.
When Troy catches Brione searching through his private papers, he knows at once that she is not a maid. Forced to reveal her identity, Brione and Troy join forces. Brione is determined to save Evan’s reputation; Troy has been charged by the foreign secretary with discovering the traitor’s identity and restoring the reputation of the regiment he led into battle.
Troy, being pressured by his sister to select a wife, is attracted to the beautiful and fiercely determined Brione Gilliard. But Brione is in love with a ghost and Troy feels partially responsible for the man’s death, as well as being unsure about his loyalties.
As Brione and Troy delve deeper, shocking and unexpected facts come to light and Brione’s life is threatened. Can Troy save the woman who has come to mean so much to him and somehow persuade her that love deserves a second chance…