Gilles first meets Emma when her uncle drags her before his castle court to be judged impure because she is pregnant (with Gilles illegitimate son though he does not know this because Emma refuses to name the father of her child). Gilles admires her pride despite the uncle's humiliation and rules to help her. Two years later, they meet again when the hunts dogs try to attack her and her babe (his grandson). He takes her into the keep and as his mistress.
But trouble comes again, when his illegitimate son returns. Gilles is ageing, somewhat insecure about his relationship with Emma and fears she may be drawn toward his son as all the women are. His son wishes to cause problems between Emma and his father because he hates him, and she tries to prevent this, but Gilles' fears often complicate this.
This report prepared by DeborahAnne MacGillivray