Demure lady's companion Emma Chegwidden never defies society’s rules. Until the night she runs straight into the arms of the mysterious and menacing Reaper . . . a man who rides the night-shadowed countryside and conceals his identity behind a mask. His goal is justice . . . or is it...
Emma Chegwidden: She is the main character of the story. She is a rector's daughter and paid companion. In the beginning she is quite meek and sad because she is working for a horrid woman that treats her with distain and makes fun of her for sport. When she goes to work for Lady Fanchere her life changes and she is able to show her true self. She is a healer, friend and brave woman who finds love in an unusual but exciting circumstance.
Michael Durant: Michael, an Englishman and heir to the Duke of Nevitt, has been forced to stay in Moricadia at the insistence of the evil Prince Sandre. Currently, he is under house arrest at the dowager house of Lady Fanchere cousin to Sandre.
Lady Lettice: Emma's crude rich employer who is in Moricadia looking for a new husband.
Prince Sandre: He is the current ruler of Moricadia who will do anything to keep the people under his thumb. His family, the de Guignards, killed the rightful king long ago. He is cruel and evil and needs Michael to tell him about any traders who want to betray him and give back the country to the true heirs. He is also Lady Fanchere's cousin and she is the only one he cares about besides himself. Once he meets Emma he wants her as his bride.
Lady Eleanore Fanchere: She is the beautiful and kind aristocratic cousin of Prince Sandre. She wants to believe the best in him until facts show his true colors. Lady Fanchere saves Emma from the streets when the Reaper leaves Emma at her door. She makes Emma her companion which leads to the Prince falling in love with Emma.
Aimee de Guignard: The widow of the evil Rickie, cousin to Lady Fanchere and Prince Sandre. He is responsible for doing evil all over the country and Sandre's request. When he is killed by the Reaper, Aimee is afraid that she will be next. Aimee is kind and loving. She is a close friend of Lady Fanchere and Emma. She hopes to leave the country and find happiness in Italy.
Rickie de Guignard: He is the evil henchman cousin of Prince Sandre who is killed by the Reaper. He is also Aimee's husband.
Reaper: The ghoulish rider who some say is the ghost of the king and others feel is a rebel who is trying to undermine Prince Sandre. All the commoners of Moricadia support the Reaper because he helps their cause and scares wealthy visitors from the country.
Lord Fanchere: He is the husband of Lady Fanchere. Michael Durant is under house arrest at his dowager house. He is a powerful man who Prince Sandre does not wish to cross. He may be helping Michael in other ways but nothing is certain.
Elixabete: A young servant girl that Emma saves from further injury. She is taken into Lady Fanchere's home as a servant and also helps Aimee.
Mr. Brimley: He is the English Butler for Lord and Lady Fanchere. He is kind and brave and helps the cause for the people of Moricadia
Jean-Pierre de Guignard: He is the bastard cousin of the Prince and Lady Fanchere who takes over for Rickie when he is killed.
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