Lady Caroline Grantby's wedding in Tunis to Jerome Sarratt was the happiest day of her life. But when they set sail for London, Jerome orders separate staterooms. Why? As Caroline ponders, the ship is attacked by the dreaded Barbary corsairs. Their captain, the legendary Barbarossa, promises to sell his prisoners at Algiers: Jerome to torture by his political enemies, Caroline to a pasha with a taste for English virgins. The newlyweds have only one card to play: Lady Caroline’s chastity. If she seduces Barbarossa, can she save their lives by persuading the corsair to offer them for ransom? But if she does, how can she save her marriage? Many alarming twists and turns lie ahead for the captives--and also for their captor--before this high-seas battle reaches its shocking, heart-wrenching climax at an English country-house weekend.