Miss Hester Waring's father was a wastrel and a drunkard, who had alienated most of Sydney society. When he died, Hester found herself destitute and alone, with no one to rely on.
Her rescue came from a most unlikely source -- Mr.Tom Dilhorne, an ex-convict, now the richest man in Sydney. He engineered a teaching job for her, but knew that if he was to be accepted by society he needed a lady for a wife. And Hester was every inch a lady. Luckily the skinny schoolteacher wasn't at all his type, so he wouldn't be in danger of losing his heart...would he?