Lady Cassandra St Ives had sworn off marriage ever since becoming a happy widow, but lately her affections have been engaged by a mysterious, long distance correspondent. Cassandra has shared her soul with her far-off admirer, and when he invites her to visit his home she accepts the invitation gladly. Expecting a kindly old gentleman, Cassandra is stunned to find that Count Basilio Montevarchi is a virile man in his prime who knows her heart's most intimate desires - and is only too willing to fulfill every one . . .
The moment Basilio sets eyes on the vibrant beauty he recognises a soul mate he will never be able to claim as his own. A long-standing betrothal - and the honour of his family - dictate that Basilio must deny himself Cassandra's love. Still they cannot deny the force of their passion until the confines of responsibility finally force them apart. Now Basilio must find a way to keep his heart's desire - before he loses her forever.