As a dreamy fourteen-year-old with a penchant for minstrel tales, Aislinn deTalby took one look at Roger Montclaire's handsome face at their betrothal feast and vowed to love him forever. Six years later, Roger is dead and Aislinn is forced to marry his younger brother, Garrett. The reserved, scholarly Garrett cannot compare to the golden knight of Aislinn's cherished dreams. A skilled weaver, but unable to read or write, she spurns both Garrett and his scholarly pursuits.
As artistic temperament and intellect collide, Garrett retreats to his books while Aislinn begins a new tapestry designed to taunt him with her love for his dead brother. Drawn together by a series of mysterious attacks on their estates, they discover intriguing qualities about each other, and although they both deny it, a growing physical attraction. When Garrett's cousin, Edmund, uses a forged letter and a ring from the dead Roger to claim both Garrett's title and his wife, Aislinn and Garrett discover the threads of love binding them together are stronger than any chains Edmund can devise.