Life taught her to fend for herself. The second daughter of an impoverished, alcoholic earl, Samantha Douglas was forced to cope with a physical impairment caused by a childhood accident. Certain that her heart's desire--a husband and children of her own--is forever out of reach, Samantha keeps bitterness at bay and manages to retain her optimism. Life taught him to be bitter. Prince Rudolf Kazav has fled his homeland to protect his English mother and young daughter. Accustomed to society's shallow beauties, Samantha's spirit and courage draw the prince to her side from the moment they meet. Prince Rudolf recognizes Samantha's rare beauty that emanates from the heart. Fate throws them together, and passion brings them closer. Will these lovers heal each other's pain? Or will the prince's enemies keep them from fulfilling a love neither thought possible?