Russian ballerina Veronika Dubove is thrilled to be performing at London’s Loveland Theatre. Even more thrilling is the nightly attendance of Simon Ardleigh, the Duke of Wentworth, with his dark emerald eyes and wild, untamed look that makes her picture him riding the open moors rather that watching her dance La Sylphide.
When England declares war, Veronika and her partner, Evgenii, are to be arrested as Russian spies. The duke steps in and offers them both shelter and protection, which would be just fine with Veronika, except that the duke is betrothed to the niece of former Prime Minister Palmerson and she is not about to become his mistress.
Equally determined to fulfill his political obligations by marrying the meek, little mouse he has nothing in common with, Simon struggles to remain honorable even as he is drawn more and more to Veronika’s fiery temperament and independent thinking.
If only he could marry for love—but there is always duty, something an English duke cannot overlook.