Cobblerâ€™s apprentice Thomas Williams is on his way out for the night when heâ€™s stuffed into a carriage and whisked away from the staid life heâ€™s always known. Stolen away from his Quaker master, Thomas is sold into the household of Leon Chambellan, a Frenchman also known as the Keeper. Caught up in the latent sensuality of the keeperâ€™s home, Thomas finds his resistance slowly crumbling, and he submits to Chambellanâ€™s charm. Pursued by his new master, jealously hated by this rival, Alex, Thomas must learn survive in a world completely alien to anything he has known before. A world of beauty, brutality, rivalry and intrigue that threatens to destroy him before he can win his rightful place at Chambellanâ€™s side.