''Break as many hearts as you please, Marcus, but you'll not break mine." In the dark days of rebellion against King James, a woman is wagered on a turn of the cards.... Marcus, Lord Reresby, is the loser. Now he must marry the daughter of the man he hates. Her beauty, spirit and fortune will be some small recompense--and he has never found it difficult to tame women before.... But passionate Catherine will not be tamed. She makes no secret of her hatred or her dangerous political beliefs, and Marcus comes to realize that he has let a rebel into his house...and his heart!