An arranged betrothal was never the course Anne MacGregor imagined her life would take. Yet when her father explains that her cooperation is the only way to bring about the long-sought truce between the MacGregors and the Campbells, Anne has no other choice.
A simple ceremony pledging Anne's hand in marriage after one year of commitment [called handfasting] is the only seal to the promise of peace. But when the arrangement requires the reluctant Anne to follow Niall Campbell back to his home, she soon discovers that peace is not so easily achieved. Before they even arrive, rumors about her being a witch abound, and her safety is threatened. Meanwhile, Niall's ascension as leader of his clan is in jeopardy, as a traitor works to bring about his downfall.
As Niall and Anne begin to see beyond each other's defenses, love takes them by surprise. But will it be enough to defeat their foes? Or will the truce be broken, their lives forfeit, and war return to their beloved land?
[This series is one of the most memorable for me. I don't know why that is. Maybe because I feel there are stories still left untold. I hope the author writes more about Anne, Niall, Iain, and the others in the future. The characters in this book feel pretty real. At times, I just want to smack some sense into them(that's why I gave it four stars). I felt relieved when they would finally come to an understanding. Mostly I was dying to figure out who the traitor was. This book has got enough action and peril so it doesn't feel like it's just dragging along, at least for me anyways.]