Sean Culhane is a man on a mission. An Irish patriot, he wants to avenge his family and counrymen by kidnapping the daughter of his enemy. Catherine Enderly is kidnapped on her way to school by Liam Culhane. When she arrives at the Culhane's estate in Ireland, she is immediately beaten and raped by Sean. Soon Catherine is put to work and almost starved to death. Sean soon realizes how beautiful his captive is and decides to make Catherine his mistress. Though at first Sean has to take Catherine by force, he and Catherine soon have an uneasy truce.
Catherine soon finds out that Sean is planning a war for Irelands independence. Catherine realizes that she can escape by marrying Sean's brother Liam. When Sean finds out that Catherine married Liam, he goes crazy. Not only does Sean cut off all of Catherines hair, he rapes her again and gives her to his men. Eventually, Sean hands over Catherine's welfare to his mistress who locks Catherine in a cell and starves her.
When Sean discovers what happened to Catherine he saves her. Soon, Sean's hatred for Catherine goads a pregnant Catherine into almost commiting sucide. Realizing what he has done to Catherine, Sean spends years trying to make things up to her. Eventually, they find love but again events come between them. Liam comes back for Catherine and tells her that she and Sean are brother and sister.
After Liams murder, Sean and Catherine sail to France. There, they both must come to terms with their incestuous relationship. To save Sean and her baby, Catherine becomes mistress to a French prince and marries a french general in Napleons army. Sean becomes a solider in the army and after four years returns to Catherine to take their son to America. Fighting their love because they think it is incentuous, they find out that Liam lied about the relationship and live happily ever after.
The review of this Book prepared by Randi Baldwin