October 8, 1871 One small spark ignites the entire
city of Chicago, sending its residents into panic. But
amid the chaos, a chance encounter leads to an unexpected
Unaware of the fire sweeping toward them, Deborah Sinclair
confronts her wealthy, powerful father, determined to
refuse the society marriage he has arranged for her.
Suddenly, out of the smoke and flames, a stranger appears
gun in hand, intent on avenging an unforgivable
crime. As fire consumes the elegant mansion, the ruthless
man takes the fragile, sheltered heiress hostage.
Swept off to mist-shrouded Isle Royale, Deborah finds
herself the pawn in Tom Silver's dangerous game of
revenge. Despite her horror at being kidnapped, she finds
herself drawn to the people of the close-knit community
and to the startling beauty of the island. As she engages
in a battle of wits with her brooding captor, she begins
to understand the injustice that fuels his anger, an
injustice wrought by her own family. And as winter
imprisons the isolated land, she realizes she's a hostage
of her own heart....
A reissue of Susan Wiggs's historical romance; Book One in
the Chicago Fire Trilogy.