Carlisle Islington III is Lord of the Manor, master of all he surveys. But there’s one thing he can’t control, and all the wealth and influence in the world can’t give him power over it. Enter the maid, Matilda. In her neat white cap, eyes wide as the moon, she gazes at him with sheer adoration. Could such a young woman possibly lust after a man Carlisle’s age? The idea seems improbable, and yet the look in this girl’s eyes can tell no lies. Matilda has come to stoke his fire. The manor house awaits. Are you ready to cross the threshold?