After Tanya's father dies, Tanya must find a way to obtain money for her and her mother. She is forced toenter a relationship with Sir William, a cruel but wealthy man. Years later, her mother becomes betrothedto another, and Tanya realizes that this is the chance she has been waiting for. The chance to be free.Unfortunately, she does not expect Sir William's vow, a vow that if she will not be his, he will kill her.Tanya flees the town and travels to a distant village, where she finds a note in a bar asking for a newservant at a wealthy estate. Overjoyed, she heads to the estate, but halfway there she is bitten by a rabidwolf. Her leg is covered in blood and she is overcome with pain when a strange, attractive man comes toher rescue. It is the owner of the estate, Leon. As Leon houses Tanya at his estate and the youngwoman’s bond with him becomes more than friendship, Tanya comes to realize that he is more than aman. He is someone far more dangerous.The world of crude; oil, that is, and all that that implies, with its sharp contrast between wealth and poverty, the elite and the working poor, has lured the cardinals and the criminals to its wells and rigs for decades. When a young woman enters the inner circle of a ruthless oil conglomerate where the ‘old boys’rule is strictly enforced, she is privy to shocking secrets of forced labor, murder, sex crimes, and more.When she tries to leave, she is hunted down like a rabid animal, and fears that she has unwittingly become part of one of the sex rings she has heard far too much about, for there is only one way out of the ruthlessworld of crude – in a pine box.