Leo Drake, the 'Mad Monk of Monkcrest', is notoriously eccentric and unquestionably reclusive.
But he is also a noted antiquities expert, which is why Beatrice Poole has demanded his reluctant assistance.
The free-thinking authoress of 'horrid novels', Beatrice is searching for the Forbidden Rings of Aphrodite, a mythic treasure she suspects played a role in her uncle's death.
Beatrice finds Leo every bit as fascinating as one of the heroes in her novels - and she's convinced he's the only one who can help her.
But after only five minutes in her company, Leo is sure he's never met a woman more infuriating...and more likely to rescue him from boredom.
Yet the alliance may well prove to be the biggest mistake of their lives.
For a villain lurks in London, waiting for the pair to unearth the Forbidden Rings - knowing that when they do, that day will be their last.
- Format: Paperback
- Pages: 384 pages
- Publisher: Little, Brown Book Group
- Publication Date: 05/06/2008
- Category: Historical romance
- ISBN: 9780749939113