Raised by a father whose only passion is horses, spirited and beautiful Caroline Richmond plots with her invalid mother to have one social season in London. Determined and hopeful, she spends the little money she inherited from her uncle on proper attire and, arriving on the London scene dowerless and unknown, she sets out to win the heart of an eligible bachelor.
When the most eligible bachelor, the dashing and wealthy Marquis of Kimston, is captivated by Caroline, she feels that all of her efforts will finally be rewarded. But when the Marquis jilts her, Caroline has no choice but to return to Richmond Hall and help her father manage his stables. As she watches her mother's health slip away and her father run his stables into the ground, despair seems to be pounding on the door. And then her father arranges for Caroline to be married off to the last man she would have chosen-the Marquis's father! As Caroline enters into an intriguing war of passion with the Duke and his son, Helen Argers brings us an unpredictable and utterly entertaining Victorian romance.