Lady Cynthia Lonsdale, was young, newly widowed , and fabulously wealthy – the ideal prey for every fortune hunter in the realm. Cynthia, however, refused to look in their direction – nor would she let her father wed her to yet another elderly lord. Instead she would take immodest advantage of being sinfully rich. She would choose a handsome young man and pay him to join her in a marriage that at least would be an honest bargain – not an odious deception.
Captain Brian Sheffield, who was as honorable as he was in need of funds, fit her bill to perfection. But when this desperate gentleman agreed to be her husband for hire, Cynthia discovered to her dismay that there was a part of the bargain she had not bargained on: the clash of the Captain's icy pride and her own hot-blooded desire!