After Kirstin Croft becomes involved in an unfortunate occurrence with a petrifying man, she scurries away from him in fear. It is only when a solicitor and family friend comes to her home that night to address the sudden matter, that he also states the man was no other than Lachlan Bateson. Lachlan, leader of the Bateson Clan, and the most feared and respected of the northern highlands wants Kirstin to serve him as a servant in his home out of payment for the embarrassment she had caused him within her town, and out of respect. Having little money, and with his push of bribery upon her father, Kirstin has no choice. As Kirstin serves the most feared Highlander of the northern lands, she soon realizes that he is not as rough as he always appears to be. Lachlan begins behaving differently around her, doing things for her, and even caring for her. It does not take long for Kirstin to wonder if she was brought to his home for more than just the reasons he told her. Though, time passes and tensions grow between the Ruskin clan, which borders Lachlan's land. Things only grow worse as the leader of the clan grows fond of Kirstin and seeing her on her daily trips to town. How long will it be until he attacks, claiming what he desires most?