A man who stands alone.
Nicholas Gowan is forced to make his way in the world with his sword, teaching fencing to young lordlings with more money than sense. But when he takes on a remarkable—and remarkably attractive—new student, his prospects begin to change.
A woman who knows her worth.
The Honorable Miss Violet Worth has always known exactly what she wants and isn't afraid to fight for it. Crossed swords soon lead to crossed hearts, but a viscount's daughter can't fall in love with a penniless swordsmen. But Violet devises a plan to parry those determined to keep them apart with a clever feint at the Midsummer Night's Ball.