Tabitha Sackroyd, adopted daughter of a wealthy English family, had agreed to marry stuffy and arrogant Arnold Jarrett. Everyone assumed she should be very grateful. She was, after all, illegitimate. The secret of her past lay buried in shadows. Then she met Hubert Ashley, the young village physician. He had long sensed Tabitha's unleashed womanhood, but he made no attempt to change her mind -- until that one wild moment when he lost his head and embraced her. Tabitha hoped now that things were going to be very different -- different for her and everyone else. She had quite forgotten the dark secret of her past.