When Hector "the Ferocious" Maclean rode into Castle Chalamine to seek shelter from a storm, he took one look at Lady Mariota Macleod and fell in love, for she is easily the most beautiful woman he has ever laid eyes on. Being a man of action, Hector immediately asked for the lady's hand in marriage and was accepted. He then rode home with an easy mind, intending on coming back in seven days for the wedding and to claim his bride.
What Hector didn't know is that Lord Macleod, Mariota's father, and another plan in mind. And when Hector woke up from a drug-induced sleep the morning after his wedding, he discovered that instead of marrying Mariota, he has actually married Mariota's older sister Cristina. In a fit of rage, Hector vowed to seek an annulment from the pope. But until then, he had no choice but to take Cristina home until the annulment can be arranged.
During the next couple of weeks, Hector gradually came to appreciate Cristina's practicality and quiet strength. And when Mariota came for a visit, it wasn't long before Hector came to realize what a close call he's had. For Mariota, while beautiful, is also vain, self-absorbed, and a chronic liar. Having been thwarted in her match to Hector, the devious beauty began to plot ways to win back Hector. Further compounding the problem is an assassination plot against Robert the Stewart, the next King of Scots to whom Hector has pledged his allegiance.
This report prepared by C. Young