The latter days of chivalry are the setting for Nicholas Bray's homecoming from years in Italy to his rich inheritance as the Earl of Kyre in the Welsh Marches and to an enemy whose identity he must discover. In spite of suspicion about his crafty Italian ways he wins his seneschal's loyalty, that of his page, and through the eyes and ears of Simon, a retainer of his dead father, avoids early trouble. But when his heart settles on widowed Lady Thorpe he is confronted with the implacable Lady Marcle whose young grandson is next in line for the earldom and must employ wiles as devious as hers to stay alive and marry as he wishes. But his Lady vanishes after the wedding and it is through a tightly plotted kidnaping that he regains her -- for keeps. Intrigue in high style and trappings, this is agreeable romancing.