In 1792, the village of Hadley Green executed a man for stealing the Countess of Ashwood's historic jewels. Fifteen years later, questions still linger ... When Declan O'Connor, Earl of Donnelly, arrives at Hadley Green to meet with the new countess of Ashwood, he knows instantly that the woman who welcomes him is not who she pretends to be. To avoid an unwanted marriage, Keira Hannigan has assumed her cousin's identity while she's abroad. Convincing Declan to guard her secret, she enlists him in her investigation of the missing jewels.