In a world where folk are either common or noble, Temric FitzHenry, bastard of Graistan, is neither and both. Only too late does he meet his equal, Philippa of Lindurst, also a bastard raised to noble expectations; Philippa is already married. When Temric discovers the abuse Philippa endures, his heart demands that he steal her from her husband. As he does so, he promises that she'll never know pain with him.
Philippa cherishes each day she spends with the him, knowing her husband will someday find them and they will die. If Temric is ever to be truly hers, Philippa must find the courage to defy death and escape a heritage that makes her love of Temric the deepest of sins.
Set in the late twelfth century, Summer's Storm takes place in the time of King Richard the Lionheart and Robin Hood.
Denise Domning's first medieval novel, Winter's Heat, received the Romantic Times award for Best First Historical Novel of 1994. Spring's Fury, Autumn's Flame, A Love for All Seasons were respectively nominated by Romantic Times for Best Medieval Novel of 1995, 1996 and 1997. Her first Elizabethan novel, Lady in Waiting, was recommended by Publisher's Weekly as well written, and researched, with an accurate portrayal of Elizabeth.