It's a rough start between Payton Dunn-Fadden, the King's Champion, and Dallis Caruth, also known as White Satin, two very hard headed, strong-willed individuals. Payton conquered the Caruth castle, and wedded the lovely heiress in a convenient though clergy-less ceremony. Payton then moved to consummate the marriage, but this doesn't quite happen--she stabs him in the side with her jeweled lady's dagger and her kin arrive just in time to see Payton jump out the window and into the loch. Everyone sees Payton's blood on Dallis, and believes the marriage to have been consummated.
So starts Dallis' plans for revenge against her "husband" and her future happy widowhood.
Payton's behavior at the start seem to be realistic for the times. Both hero and heroine commit actions they later regret as they live out the consequences of their choices. Love and passion burns between two despite everything they've done to each other.
I love the accurate historical details in Jackie Ivie's books.