Lady Blair Sutherland has always followed the rules. As the youngest of five, she’s spent years observing her older siblings misbehaving—but even more importantly she’s learned a lot about smoothing over disputes. On a playful dare with her cousins, Blair writes a fictitious note, and puts it in a bottle, but at the last minute refuses to follow along and send it out to sea. As the months pass, she forgets about what she’s written until a warrior lays siege to her clan’s castle—in her name—claiming her brother is a murderer. For a lass who’s never been in trouble—her world is about to turn itself inside out. 

Laird Edan Rose has been looking for a way to prove himself to his clan after the murder of his older brother. When he was a lad, his father sent him to foster with Robert the Bruce, but never asked him to return home. Gone all these years serving his king, he has to make his mark and show his clan he has what it takes to lead by finding his brother’s killer. When the possible answer to his deliberations comes in the form of a message in a bottle, he wastes no time in taking action. Though he hopes the man responsible for his clan’s pain will surrender, Edan is not afraid to wage war. If he has to, he’ll lay siege to the castle, rescue the lass, and take out his enemies, gaining the respect he seeks.

When a Highlander rides on her brother’s castle, Blair is aware the blame lies at her feet. If the only way to clear her family’s name is by giving herself up to a stranger and helping him find the true assassin—for she’s certain it is not her brother—then she is willing to be the sacrificial lamb. But once she’s in Edan’s arms, the only thing that comes to mind is wondering if his kiss is as powerful as his embrace. Having only desired to show his worth to his clan, Edan is now determined to prove himself worthy of Blair’s heart. However, their passion comes to a halt when the one who wanted his brother dead, decides the two of them are a loftier prize.