A masked knight, cloaked in black, rides the land helping those in need ... Payne Dunbyer, a mercenary knight, has one more errand to fullfill for the baron who's hired his services, and then he can collect his reward. Unfortunately this last task is the most distasteful one yet. He must abduct the baron's former betrothed and bring her to marry the man against the king's wishes. Still, the baron pays well, and how much trouble can one little woman be? She can be a great deal of trouble when Payne seizes the wrong one. Lady Elfreda has plans for her life, and being taken captive isn't part of her design. Elf finds herself forced to accompany Payne across England until he can set his wrong right. But what happens when desires change and suddenly the future she had planned isn't the one she's sure she wants? And what trouble can The Black Knight cause for Elf and Payne?