England, 1790. 'Marshwood', part 2 of The Somerville Legacy.
Preparations for her imminent and dreaded wedding to the notorious Earl of Marshwood reinforce the sense of hopelessness Rebecca Somerville is facing as her life spirals further beyond her control.
Already having been subjected to a vicious and brutal night-time attack at the hands of the earl and his friend, Rebecca is all too aware that if the marriage goes ahead her life will become even more intolerable.
Once accustomed to her freedom and independence she seethes at her impotence, seeing no way to change her awful future. Only the faint stirrings of fickle hope, and her lady's maid and new-found friend, Sarah, keep her spirits from failing utterly.
Now she gains the confidence of Marie, housekeeper to the Reverend Dean, an eccentric churchman who owes his living to the earl, and is to marry them. The exotic and formidable Marie has led a life of action and secrets, and Rebecca is drawn ever more into her intrigues.
Rebecca discovers a dangerous ally; and discerns the truth regarding the Black Rider, a mysterious highwayman seemingly determined to stir the wrath of the notorious earl.