A riding accident has left Catherine McAllister weak and physically marred. She is forced to reside with her wealthy great-aunt. Catherine feels comfortable and safe in her new home, but she worries about the neglected condition of the estate and its tenants.
Her frustrations are focused on the absent marquess. Everything Catherine has seen and heard makes her believe her distant cousin is a lady's man and follower of London's elite.
The marquess is scheduled to return to the estate with an entourage of rich, attractive friends of the Ton. Will he have any reedeming qualities? Can Catherine withstand the aggressive members of the party, or will one steal her heart?