Dukes don't need help, or do they? Michael Redmond, the Duke of Cortland, needs to be in London-most expeditiously-but a band of highway robbers have thwarted his plans. Purse-pinched, coachless, and mired in mud, he stumbles on Lilly Beauchamp, the woman who betrayed him years ago. Ladies can't be heroes, or can they? Michael was her first love, her first lover, but he abandoned her when she needed him most. She'd trusted him, and then he failed to meet with her father as promised. A widowed stepmother now, Lilly loves her country and will do her part for the Good of England-even if that means aiding this hobbled and pathetic duke. They lost their chance at love, or did they? A betrothal, a scandal, and a kidnapping stand between them now. Can honor emerge from the ashes of their love?