Village and nation alike tremble under the wrath of Roland de Gallienne, also called the Black Flame, loyal mercenary soldier of Henry II of England. Now, weary of war, he seeks peace for his soul at the healing hands of the saint rumored to live in the Chateauroux monastery.
In spite of popular gossip, Hope is no saint, but a gifted healer and diviner held prisoner by the evil abbot of Chateauroux. When the Black Flame arrives, Hope vows revenge for her people, and tries to kill the infamous soldier. But she doesn't expect the handsome warrior to show mercy, to free her from her prison, and to take her with him to England. Now, as the battle between nations is coming to an end, Hope must fight a new struggle - with tender feelings for her arrogrant guardian. For though Roland was her enemy, she must stand with him in a new fight - against forces that may tear them apart.