The set-up: The hero, Captain Jesse Cross, is in New Orleans with General Andrew Jackson's army in December 1814. He heads up military intelligence in the city. The heroine, Nicole, is a French servant and she is working with a Creole spy ring while hunting for her mistress's runaway son. Keeping her identity a secret, she calls herself Lady Silver and she meets Jesse at night in a deserted courtyard to relay messages regarding the British. Enamored, Jesse wants to know who she really is and most of all he wants to see her face. Snippet from Chapter 1.
“I want to see your face.”
She didn’t know what to make of the urgency in his coarse voice, much less the furious beating of her own heart. He wanted to see the face of Lady Silver. But, hidden behind the ornate mask and black cloak, Lady Silver was nothing more than a ruse that allowed an ordinary servant girl to become exotic like Madame’s fragrance and to intrigue a man such as the captain. A man who would never notice her otherwise.
“It is a plain face,” she assured him.
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