The young Lord St. Maurice is in Palermo, carefree and wealthy. One evening he sees the beautiful Italian singer Adrienne Cartuccio. He falls instantly in love and plots to meet her. Alas her cousin, the Count Leonardo di Marioni has loved her and pursued her for many years, but she will not marry him. Marioni he plots to kidnap her, convinced that she will come to love him in time. Foiled by St. Maurice, the count challenges the young Englishman to a duel. Unwilling to lose her new love, Andrienne intervenes and Count Di Marioni is arrested and imprisoned.
25 years later, the Count is released from Prison. He travels to London seeking revenge and assistance from the Order of the White Hyacinth, a revolutionary group which has degenerated into a local drinking club. Meanwhile, Lord Lumley, the son of Adrienne Cartuccio, falls in love with Margharita the niece of Marioni. Etc, etc.
This novel was published in 1895. The third novel by Oppenheim. It was originally published under the title “A Daughter of the Marionis” and was reprinted several times. A pirated version was published in the U.S. in 1910 under the title “To Win The Love He Sought.”