Genevieve Stafford, younger sister of the Earl of Rawdon, is an icy but beautiful aristocrat determined to make the sort of marital alliance expected of a woman of her station. Engaged to the scion of another noble family, Genevieve finds herself entangled in a scandal. Her fianc ̌breaks things off and she retreats to the family estate in shame. Then her brother's friend, Sir Myles Thorwood, offers to marry Genevieve and salvage her reputation. She expects a marriage of convenience, but the charming Myles has other things in mind.