Lily has been promised in marriage by her parents to the Laird of Loneshire, a man of vast wealth, whose first wife died under mysterious circumstances. She travels to Loneshire, her new home, escorted by the Laird's brother, Douglas, who she finds rude and arrogant.
But as they travel on their long journey, feelings arise on both sides. Douglas tells Lily she will be happy with the Laird, as he has vast wealth and a large castle. But inside, Douglas is horrified, knowing that the Laird holds dark secrets that Lily must never find out.
As wedding preparations are underway, a despondent Lily turns to Douglas for consolation. But when they are discovered by Lily's brother, tensions arise between the two clans, and they go to battle, sights set on killing Douglas. With her love gone, Lily is forced to marry the Laird, and must settle into a horrific life with him, resigning herself to a fate worse than death.