Gabrielle Howell enters the hellish asylum of Bedlam in London when her sister Lucinda is committed as insane by her husband the Earl of Oxnard.
During a riot at the asylum, Gabrielle is rescued by a handsome inmate known only as Simon, who seems to make an awful lot of sense for someone supposedly deranged.
Drugged and suffering from a mysterious malady, Simon cannot remember his past. All his records seem to indicate he is a deadly killer incarcerated by his prominent family.
But the more Gabrielle gets to know the fiercely intelligent and gentle man, the more she has her doubts that this could ever be true. Simon is principled, kind, and certainly no murderer, and transforms from loyal ally to the most magnificent lover. The passion that sparks between them is like nothing she has ever known, heady and addictive.
Simon isn’t sure if the gorgeous woman he has held in his arms is real, or a figment of his opium-addled brain. All he knows is, it’s true love, a gift from the gods he will never give up, except in death.
Simon refuses to be kept a prisoner any longer by the puppetmasters who have been pulling his strings ever since the war with Napoleon started.
Trusting in his new-found love Gabrielle, Simon is willing to risk everything to defeat his captors, and the opium addiction they have caused by drugging him to keep him cooperative. Simon dares all to escape from Bedlam and come out of the shadows to live a normal life once more.
Gabrielle begins to believe the impossible: that she can save Simon before it’s too late and they can have a blissful future together. In a bold and daring move, she risks everything to heal Simon and rescue him from the living death he has been consigned to.
Even as their love deepens, the danger closes in all around them, as Simon’s employer tries to use him as a pawn one more time. Will allowing themselves to love one other prove to be Gabrielle and Simon’s salvation, or sheer madness?