Marian Finlay knows how to work and play in a man’s world. Crafting artificial limbs for her employer by day, she fools wily card sharps for pleasure and profit by night. She believes she has more freedom and adventure than she knows what to do with—until she meets a mysterious American who turns her world upside down.
Rollo Rahgstadt arrives on the Edinburgh docks with a dual mission—seek out the talented limb-maker and hunt down a deadly political assassin. When the two ventures merge in a lethal confrontation, not only does the assassin escape but Rollo discovers that Marian is a woman with skills and passion to match his own.
Bound by duty and the demands of justice, Marian and Rollo embark on a quest to take down the assassin—a quest which takes them to royal palaces, over the high seas and to foreign lands. Can they do more than prevent worldwide political upheaval? And is it possible for these two lonely hearts to find love in a world of danger and deception?