"In the harsh wilderness of colonial Massachusetts, Martha Allen takes work as a servant in her cousin's household. While overseeing the neglected home, she locks wills with those around her, including the tall and silent Thomas Carrier, known for both his immense strength and his mysterious past. As Martha comes to know him, she falls in love--and the two begin a courtship that suits their independent natures. But in the rugged new world they inhabit, danger is ever present, whether from the London assassins out for bounty, or the wolves--in many forms--who hunt for blood."--P.  of cover.