Bound by promise, torn by betrayal. Matched to a child from an enemy clan, Dhu Micheil, the Black Laird of Clan Gunn, has no intention of settling down with his promised bride-nor any woman, for that matter. Consumed with lust for revenge against Clan MacKay for the unforgivable pain wrought upon his younger sister, Micheil's plans for his promised bride may be, by far, the cruelest fate to fall upon her. Seana nic Mackay, torn from her family without knowing why, has lived the life of a hostage in the territory of Clan Gunn since she was a child. Locked away in an abbey, waiting for a man who would not have her, Seana longs for but a taste of freedom, cursing the name of the man that will forever keep it just out of her reach: Micheil. But when Seana, free for a single day to attend a fair, crosses paths unknowingly with the man sworn to be her ruin, neither can resist the other's pull. Micheil steals her first kiss. Seana steals his heart. Can Micheil go through with the plans he swore to his father and clan he'd put into motion? Or will Seana be a casualty of a war she had no say in?