The 3rd book in the 'Contessa' Series. The indomitable Comtesse Marie-Chantal has been rescued from the harem with the promise of a safe refuge in the Convent of Mercy. Visions of beautiful gardens and quiet retreats comfort her as she tries to cope with the aftermath of a severe flogging. She says a tearful goodbye to her companions in misery, not knowing that her future is even more dreadful than the past! The convent is a place of strict rules, every violation is cruelly punished with even more dreadful suffering than the Contessa has already endured! Is this to be her future, a life of stone walls, endless prayers and punishment?