Life has cruel twists and turns, and Noelle de Vallon, has a far from forgiving nature in respect of a past lover. His sudden return to the local scene is but a sharp thorn she would rather extract for good, than fall foul to his unmitigated charm and seductive voice. What has brought him to home shores is a mystery to her, though a death in the family seems reason enough, but is obviously not the whole reason. As a reluctant French émigré at the height of the French Revolution Noelle has sought distraction from a broken heart, and in turn indulged the dangerous exploits of smuggling. Her fellow smugglers at arms are a mixed bunch of characters, and much the same can be said of the gentry set in the local parish. Amidst there number lurks a spy, and the Home Office are on the case, but who out of three people who descend on the local community is the actual agent seeking the identity of the spy?
Thus, with the excise men chasing her tail and a rakish lord returned, Noelle risks a great deal to evade surrender to romantic notions and evade arrest. Suddenly France or European cities such as Vienna seem an eminently safe haven in comparison to the trials and tribulations besetting her formerly charmed and nefarious lifestyle. But when one joins the ranks of deceivers then a greater deceiver may prove to be a foe and not friend at all, and with her life in the balance where in the devil is the man who said he loves her but is absent when needed most? This is truly a fun-filled smuggling romp involving misunderstandings, lustful pursuits, and scores of amusing asides. Enjoy!