Helena Nash, an impoverished member of the gentry who now works as a lady's companion, sets out in disguise to deliver messages for her employer's neice, who has secretly eloped. During her nighttime adventure though, she is saved from a group of young men by Ramsey Munro, a man who pleged years earlier to aid her family in a time of need. Helena thinks that Ramsey does not recognize her, and engages in kisses that engages both their passions.
Ramsey does know that the disguised woman is Helena, only he does not let her know he is aware of her disguise. He is deeply attracted to her, only he believes that he is not good enough for her. Helena is attracted to Ramsey also, and decides to visit him at his Salle, a place to learn fencing, to ask him to teach her the sword. She decides to learn this skill due to the threatening presence of Lord DeMarc, who has been stalking her.
Ramsey does not wish to teach her the sword, thinking that she is overreacting to DeMarc, but gives in to her wishes to the oath that he gave. Ramsey and Helena discover during her quest to learn the sword, that their passion is more than just lust, but a deep, abiding love. They also discover that DeMarc is not the only threat to them, but also a enemy of Ramsey, who seeks to destroy him.
This report prepared by Angel Manners
Helen Nash works as a lady's companion. She had been relaying messages between Flora, her employer's neice and a young poet, who Flora wants to marry against her aunt's wishes. One night, trying to deliver a message while disguised as a boy, Helen is accosted by a group of young men but she is rescued by Ramsay Munro, former spy and master swordsman.
Helen recognizes Munro as one of three spies who pledged to serve her family after her father died to save the spies. She thinks Munro does not recognize her in her disguise. However, Munro sees through her disguise as he has been keeping watch over Helen for years and has been attracted to her beauty, strength and independence. She tells him only to call her Corie, and Munro plays along and pretends not to know her identity. She sees him again the next time she is disguised as Corie and trying to get a message for Flora from her poet. Helen flirts with and kisses Munro, something she would never do if he knew who she was. But then she has to seek Munro's help as herself when it appears that a stalker intends to hurt her.
Munro wants Helen but she is from an aristocratic family while he is the bastard son of a nobleman and Scottish woman who must eke out a living teaching sword fighting. He kisses her when she is pretending to be Corie but he does not approach her as Helen. Helen falls in love with Munro but is afraid she will never be loved by a man who is notorious for being pursued by many women.
This report prepared by L. Watson