Hern is a Lord of the Fane, a race ancient before the
coming of Man. For a thousand years he has guarded his
forest realm on the Lakeland estate of Hartsmere. He longs
to return to the Blessed Land of his own people, but he
must bring with him a half-mortal heir, whose humanity
will strengthen the weakened blood of the Fane.
He chooses Lady Eden Fleming to bear his child and free
him from the bonds of earth. But when she discovers his
inhuman identity, she flees, carrying their unborn child
Many years later, Lady Eden, once a diamond of the ton, is
a debt-ridden widow with memories of one brilliant night
of love. But she discovers that the child of that
forbidden union, believed long dead, still lives.
Eden's joyful reunion with her son at Hartsmere is
complicated by the proud and insolent servant, Hartley
Shaw. He and her son share mysterious gifts that intrigue
and frighten her. Who is Hartley Shaw, why has he come to
Hartsmereand how can she be falling in love with him?