The year is 1909, and Temperance O'Neil is a woman ahead of her time. A women's rights activist devoted to helping single mothers on the streets of New York City, Temperance is, at 29, happily married to her work -- which she funds with a substantial inheritance.
Unfortunately, her new stepfather feels very differently on the subject and, due to laws that Temperance finds infuriatingly outdated, he controls all of her money. Angus McCairn insists she quit her career and, as a respectable unmarried daughter should, live in his house in Edinburgh.
With no other choice, Temperance heads for Scotland with one mission -- to drive Angus crazy. Soon, an exasperated Angus makes her a most unlikely offer: to pose as housekeeper to Angus' nephew, James, in a secret attempt to find him a wife. If -- and only if -- she succeeds in matchmaking, she will be allowed to return to New York.