Robert DeLyon has had enough of war after returning from Crusade. His new task seems simple enough--travel north and collect the bride his father has chosen for him. Yet, beneath the facade of suitor, he is charged with learning the identity of the mastermind of a coup to displace the absent King Richard. And despite his abhorrence of thieves, the group who attacked him in the woods outside his betrothed's home has given him the perfect reason to wander the manor in search of information.
Marianne DuBois has watched her guardian strip her people of their health and livelihoods all in the name of greed. Tired of his abuse, she gathers the men he banished from the property into a band of rogues. Together, they steal back the money their families have surrendered to her guardian. None have found them, none can stop them. Marianne is determined to save her people from starvation, outwitting every man in Nottingham. Every man, that is, save the one who has arrived to marry her.