LB. ENGLEZA Physically and emotionally scarred by his many years on the battlefield, Mangan, son of the powerful earl of Kirkcaldy, seeks forgiveness by embarking on a religious quest before committing to a life of cloistered celibacy. But his disturbing attraction to a " dark angel, " an exquisite gypsy woman who has just witnessed the murder of her parents, puts him on a far different path. Obsessed with a craving for revenge, and hiding a terrible secret, Ashleigh uses her skill at trickery and illusion- taught to her from birth-to torment the people she believes are hiding her parents’ killer. But her overwhelming attraction to the warrior-monk Mangan wrecks her emotions and upsets all her plans. As Mangan and Ashleigh join together to uncover what they soon realize is a diabolical plot to unseat the king of Scotland, they also struggle to understand the powerful forces at work between them-a passion that stirs their blood, a desire to heal that mends their souls… and a love that unites their hearts.