On a windswept Cornish moor, Miss Clytie Beauthorpe arrives at an inn ahead of a pursuer, the libertine to whom she has been forcibly affianced. With no one else to turn to, she is hoping to find shelter on Crake Isle with her eccentric Great Aunt Matilda. But Lord Severin is not about to give up such an advantageous match with both beauty and wealth. Despite Clytie’s stratagems, he has followed her trail and is about to force her back to London and marriage, when a young man at the inn intervenes.
From that moment Clytie steps into the kind of adventure she’d never imagined. All her native wit and courage are needed to carry her through the terrors that confront her on the mysterious island, and bring her to safety in the arms of the man she loves.