Reginald Mason has been a wildly extravagant expense to
his father for too long. He must marry and settle down.
And it so happens that Lady Annabelle Ashton, daughter of
the Earl of Havercroft, the Masons' neighbor and long-
enemy, has just disgraced herself by trying to elope with
her father's coachman. At last Mr. Mason sees a way of
forcing recognition for his wealth even though he is not
gentleman by birth. Reggie will marry Annabelle—or be cut
off forever from his father's vast funds.
Annabelle is about to be banished to her father's most
remote estate in northern England. She is ruined and
unmarriageable. But at the last moment she is offered a
reprieve from complete disgrace, and her father is
a reprieve from the financial ruin he has been facing for
some time. All the earl has to do is swallow his pride
marry his daughter to the son of his enormously wealthy
neighbor, whom he has despised for years.
It is not a promising start for the lifelong commitment
marriage. But it would seem that Reggie and Annabelle
no choice but to make the best of it. They have no
over their destiny, after all.