Ian Thornton, Marquis of Kensington from Almost Heaven is the love of Elizabeth's life. She doesn't want to believe bad things about him, but her half brother does his best to make it look as if Ian were a lowly peasant trying to worm his way into the family fortune. At one point, Robert tells Elizabeth that Ian had forced him to work in a labor camp and to be beaten by a foreman. At first Elizabeth believes him, but then Ian is able to prove to Elizabeth that it is Robert who is lying. Ian is rumored to be the illegitimate son of the Duke of Kennsington.