Skord Shorner once lived his life according to chivalric codes. For him, honor is the only thing that matters--until the Night Watch Agency partners him with a beautiful Irish woman to retrieve a magic relic he's been after for almost two centuries. Ruled by her love of family, Chalyce Duncan is certain Skord will never understand the reasons behind her duplicity. Her heart may yearn for the proud man who's now her partner, but if he learns why that magic object is so important to her, he'll destroy everything she treasures. The mission must come first. But somewhere in the night--between deceit and duty--truth waits. And there's evil stalking them that may thwart their responsibilities, and destroy what small hope they have of ever being together.