A woman who has made her way in society without family or fortune, Lena is about to realize her first big success as an artist...until her business partner makes off with her money, leaving her with little more than her hopesand a dead body in her studio. Now Lena is at the mercy of a strikingly handsome stranger demanding answers she dare not reveal... Is it her seductive eyes or his suspicion that shes up to no good that has Clive Somerville shadowing Lenas every move? Either way, his secret investigation for the Home Office has him determined to uncover Lenas hidden agenda. But the closer he gets to her, the more he longs to be her protector. Is she a victim of circumstance? Or a dark force in a conspiracy that could destroy everything Clive holds dear? Discovering the truth could have dire consequencesnot only for Lena but also for his heart.