Cabal, known as Blackheart, has been told by King Richard to protect the castle hold of Fallonmour and the widow, Emmalyn, until he decides what he wants done with the land and the widow.
Emmalyn is upset when Cabal shows up and starts taking over. She had been looking after everyone in her husband's absence warring with King Richard. Now that he is dead, she fears being sent away from Fallonmour. Fallonmour is at risk when John plots to take over England from King Richard. Emmalyn's brother in law is a supporter of John and wants Fallonmour.
As Cabal and Emmalyn work together to protect the castle and its people from an expected attack by Emmalyn's brother in law, the attraction they feel for each other begins to turn to love. Cabal craves the emotional warmth which Emmalyn gives. Emmalyn admires Cabal's strength and dedication and his respect for her abilities to run the castle. They realize they complement each other in their tasks and personality. They become lovers but before they can hope for a future together, Cabal must tell Emmalyn that he killed her husband.
This report prepared by L. Watson