Scotland, 1795. When the coach carrying Alice Ingram and her niece, Beth, to Edinburgh is attacked, they’re grate-ful for the intervention of two mysterious highwaymen who ride to their rescue.
Beth is thrilled by the romance of it all, but Alice, fleeing her brutish husband, has had more than enough drama in her life.
As the women find sanctuary in a tavern on the Great North Road, Beth is thrilled to meet Edward Hogan, the roguish publican.
Despite the difference in ages and backgrounds, the couple have instant chemistry and when Ed invites Beth to visit his Edinburgh tavern, she resolves to get to know him even better.
Yet Beth is also taken with the highwayman who rescued her; after all, there’s something irresisti-ble about a rogue.
Shaken from the attack, Alice grudgingly allows herself to be seen by Doctor James Dillingham, Ed’s best friend. Although Dillingham sees the telltale signs of physical abuse on Alice, she refuses to speak of it.
Dillingham is dour and Alice frosty, and the two take an instant dislike to each other, so why does their shared coach journey to Edinburgh the following day seem to sizzle?
Once in Edinburgh, Beth secretly starts spending time with Ed, who she begins to think might know more about those mysterious highwaymen than he is letting on.
By day, Alice sorts Dillingham’s paperwork at the charity hospital he runs yet by night she sneaks off to meet her own highwayman, travelling the backroads of the city with the masked figure.
Slowly, Alice is coming back to life. But will the husband she is fleeing catch up with her? And if so, will her highwayman come to her rescue again?