Malta. Summer 1551. Here, in a brilliant arena clouded by corruption and violence, Francis Crawford of Lymond finds himself precipitated into an intricate and potentially lethal duel with Graham Reid Malett, a man famed for his virtues. Knight Grand Cross of the Order of St John of Jerusalem, Rhodes and Malta, Malett has great influence over many men. So does his dangerous and beautiful sister, Joleta. Lymond is ripe for seduction - or destruction.
'Here is romance in the grand manner... I recommend it for your delight.'