Clarissa, orphan daughter of Carlotta, is rescued from squalor and brought back to the family home at Enderby.
Surrounded by Jacobite intrigues, she is kidnapped by them as a suspected spy. It is the Jacobite leader who allows her to escape. It is he Clarissa grows to love, despite her marriage to the handsome rake Lance Clavering.
But Lance's skill at dice must not desert him if he is to rescue Clarissa from tragic scandal