Danger seems to follow Lavinia Lake wherever she goes. First her shop in Italy is thoroughly destroyed by a stranger. Then, upon her return to England, she becomes the target of a blackmailer. When Lavinia goes to the blackmailer to confront him, she finds his murdered body. What's worse, the stranger from Italy catches her there He is Tobias March, hired to capture a member of a criminal gang, whose identity is in a diary, last possessed by the blackmailer. Lavinia is desperate to prevent the false allegations contained in the diary from becoming known.What begins as a business arrangement turns to breath-stealing passion even as a ruthless villain watches them, ready to take their lives.