Fauna is an exquisitely beautiful quadroon, in her veins mingled the blood of noble African chiefs and fiery Irish poets. Sold into cruel slavery in the West Indies, she is rescued by Lord Pumphret, a noted English dandy of the Georgian period. But Fauna is taken to England only to become the plaything and victim of those who make up Pumphret's circle - until she meets, and in the end marries, the noble French Marquis de Chartellet. As Madame la Marquise, all London would praise her intelligence and unmatched beauty... all men would crave to possess her. Once beaten by a harsh mistress, she escaped and rises from the slave block to make men her slaves into a dazzling world of elegance, wealth and power. But nothing could ease the searing pain in her heart--nothing but vengeance on the only man she had ever loved, who mistreated her! Which is sweeter--tender, yearned-for love, or revenge that has waited a lifetime?