Madeline had an unhappy childhood and was headed for an adulthood if her father had his way with the marriage he wanted to arrange for her. But then Tristan, the son of her Father's Liege Lord, came to her rescue and offered her an escape as soon as he returned.But when he returned he learned she was dead. And now, 5 years later...There were some nice touches. I couldn't quite figure out how she had learned to fight but that got explained in a very creative way - maybe not totally realistic but the year was 1218 so you can allow a little leeway. I must admit to not knowing anything at all about the First Baron's War or the Siege of Dover Castle so it was nice to explore that.I do think there was a bit of anachronisms - both the language and the situation. I don't really think she would have had quite that much freedom to decide who to marry.In the end, I think this is a solid little erotic romance.