At the age of nine, Josephina Cochrane is mockingly dubbed the "Duchess" by her cousin Marcus Wyndham. Little does Marcus suspect that the Duchess will one day reign sovereign over his own future. For the Earl of Chase, the Duchess's father and Marcus's uncle, leaves a double-edged inheritance for both his heirs, a legacy that will bind their fates - for better and worse - inexorably.
When the Earl of Chase dies without a son, Marcus stands to inherit his fortune and title. But the old earl, bitter that Marcus escaped the sudden tragedy that claimed the lives of his only two sons, has laced his legacy with some vengeful stipulations. As a result, Marcus's real future is placed firmly in the Duchess's hands. There is also the rumor of yet another Wyndham legacy: a treasure from long ago that's shrouded in legend and lore. Before the rival legacies can be settles, the Duchess and Marcus must solve two mysteries - one from the past and one that shadows the present.
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