Proud Albret Maseo believes honor must precede love. Although he loves Anabella Biliverti with all his heart, his peasant status spurs him to earn the affection of this noble-blooded lady. Caught up in a peasant revolt, Albretknows he must release Anabella from any obligation towardhim until he has proven his worth in her eyes...and hisown. Anabella has loved Albret a long while--and he's never been anything but dignified in her eyes. Her heart is confused and broken at his declaration, freeing her tolove another. Vexed, she finds entertainment and comfort in the social life of Florence. When wounded honor calls for a duel, love's strength and valor is tested. Will Albret allow the Lord to open his eyes before it's too late?