Lady Tilly Markham has no interest in marriage but her family is in dire straits and she is suddenly faced with her duty: marry well and marry quickly. Stephen Hepden, Duke of Portbury would fit that role admirably but he has caused her heartbreak in the past and she can’t let that happen again. She must find a solution.
Lynette has barely entered into marriage when she realises she's made a dreadful mistake. But who will help her? Certainly not the beautiful woman who vies for her husband's affection.
The gossips of Clifton are so happy. Never has there been such a scandal! Miss Lynette Gwyther has to marry. But to whom?
A mysterious stranger has arrived at Sir Walter Munford's home, setting tongues in Clifton wagging. Who is she? Even she doesn't know the answer to that question. There are two people who can solve the mystery; one a friend and one an enemy. Both will confront her and one will plunge her into a vortex of danger and almost certain death.