In the Spring of 1812, sorrow and dread lurk within the serene countryside of Surrey, England.
In the village of Abbey Mead, Lady Anne Westmeare finds herself in possession of a hollow title, an empty bed, and a cold, indifferent husband. To Anne, the Viscount Westmeare is an enigma.
But when Scottish Captain William Ferguson rides into her life, Anne discovers the companion and champion that she has always desired.
Their attraction is immediate and mutual. Nevertheless, they strive to resist that attraction.
But can William and Anne ignore their desires when the very man who should wish to keep them apart is driving them together?
Fate carries this pair of star-crossed lovers to the vast subcontinent of India. There they endeavor to forget each other, but providence draws them together. Their love deepens as together they endure the terror and anguish of kidnap, torture, and even death.
Through it all, their devotion to each other prevails. Through it all, William whispers to his beloved Anne, "I will love ye, lass, as long as I have breath."
Through it all, the lady's desire becomes her destiny.