Clan McLaughlin is without a Laird and stands on the brink of war.
Lady Isobel McLaughlin is the last to carry pure McLaughlin blood. Prior to his death, Laird McLaughlin devises a reckless plan to choose the man worthy enough to succeed his Lairdship and marry his only daughter.
Men of noble blood will compete in feats of bravery and skill to win Isobel's hand in marriage and secure the right to the McLaughlin Lairdship.
In an effort to protect herself from her unwanted suitors, Isobel seeks the help of the village blacksmith, Tristan Finnegan. Isobel purchases a dagger and Tristan instructs her in the use of the weapon.
Neither of them expected to fall in love.
Tristan risks everything to fight for Isobel, hoping to win her father's tourament and keep Isobel's heart forever.
Will the secrets of Tristan's hidden past destroy his chance at finding happiness with Isobel?