One hot August night
Miss Abigail Summers watched in shocked fascination from her window as a man leaped stark naked from his bed in the house across the way. He looked to be fighting the worst of nightmares. Embarrassment rapidly overcame female curiosity when they were introduced the following day.
Sir Gifford Raven was a man of action, not at all comfortable in Bath's polite society, which was why the penniless Miss Summers intrigued him. Her dress was dowdy, but beneath her shyness he detected an impulsive young woman, a kindred spirit who could help drive his devils away .