Gabrielle, an affectionate but sexually inexperienced author/historian, turns for emotional support to her late husband’s closest friend, a courtly cosmopolite who radiates masculine appeal. When Michael reveals that he desires a slave willing to exist solely for his pleasure, his shocking invitation resonates on some gut level within the woman married for fourteen years to a man afflicted by periodic bouts of impotence.
Determined to annihilate Gabrielle’s will without breaking her spirit, the master of erotic art conditions Gabrielle not only to submit and obey, but also to crave the pain he combines with intense, breathtakingly erotic stimulation, so as to lift her to astonishing heights of ecstasy.
Just as she rejoices in having learned how to please him, a magnetically appealing stranger enters her life as Michael’s guest. A fellow member of the Order of the Black Lily, Raoul levies a bold demand that Michael considers himself obligated to grant.
Which virile, dominant lover will win Gabrielle’s permanent favor: Raoul, who fascinates her, or Michael, who she knows loves her?
Although this novel stands alone, it also forms the first of three works describing the erotic adventures of members of the Order of the Black Lily.