Sixteen years ago, two old friends tried to sign a betrothal agreement between their children - 17-year-old Colton Wyndham and seven-year-old Adriana Sutton. Colton absolutely refused to be told what to do. He left home rather than sign the agreement. His family signed it in his place, allowing him a three-month period of time for courtship before the betrothal became official. If after three months, he was determined not to marry, there would be no betrothal. He went off and joined the army, spending the next years advancing in the ranks in the fight to oust Napoleon. Adriana grew into a beautiful young woman. As she grew she realized she thought of Colton in almost a “hero-worship” way. In respect of their parents’ wishes and a good excuse to keep her distance, she continued to use the signed agreement as a means to keep suitors at bay.
In 1815, the war is over, and Adriana is being pursued by many, including an heir to a lowly miller’s apprentice, Roger Elston has set his sights on Adriana. When Colton returns without warning, recovering from a war wound, he and Adriana agree to abide by the agreement and try the three-month courtship clause. Adriana, completely overwhelmed by the man Colton has become, thinks to shield her heart and only participate until she knows what he will do. Colton, on the other hand, lusts heartily for Adriana, and soon realizes that it would only be his pride standing in the way of agreeing to make her his wife. Many situations block the path of true love as tends to happen in a romantic book. There is the villain Roger, the fortune-seeking former mistress Pendorla, the uncertainty between the two of their own feelings and many other obstacles....Continua