While Leah was thus engaged she felt her hands being taken and forced behind her back, and before she could do anything at this intrusion she heard the clanking of metal. Her heart sank with dread upon sight of the manacles in the hands of the judge’s manservant, but he had no qualms as he snapped them onto her wrists, and she wondered how often he had done the judge’s dirty work, he seemed so adept at his job.
‘I see Jarvis is readying you for your discipline.’
Leah turned as the judge entered the antechamber, her lips ready to plead with him, to beg him to spare her, her limbs trembling with fear.
In 17th Century London, innocent Leah learns she is to be married to a planter in Barbados – a man she hates.
In her misery she roams the city alone and is abused by ruffians, but when saved by Captain Gideon Tempest she falls into the hands of his jealous mistress, and sent on a journey that leads her into a debauched world of pain and pleasure.
When Leah learns that Gideon is in Newgate Prison she devises a plan to save him, but is blackmailed into bondage. She finally obtains his freedom and he proposes, but she has to sail for the West Indies and life with a man who dabbles in the black arts; a man with cruel demands and threats of turning her into a zombie.
Once again Captain Tempest saves Leah, but when he sets sail on a mission a female freebooter, Spanish Bel, falls for her charms. Leah welcomes Bel’s lust, but when Tempest returns who will she choose? And who will be man enough – or woman enough – to claim her?