Six months after the conclusion of COMPLETE ABANDON, Ian is drinking and gambling in London, and Caroline is engaged to a man old enough to be her grandfather. She's desperate to escape her terrible fate, and she goes to Ian, begging for help, begging for a rescue Ian refuses to give. He knows Caroline well: Her parents have ordered her to wed, and she will never go against them. In her world, where class and status mean everything, she will proceed as she's been commanded, and Ian can have no part in how events play out in her life.
Yet, their attraction is stronger than ever. Their relationship seems destined to occur, his fascination with her impossible to fight. Can they find a way to be together?