Richard Angles, the Marquis of Merrick, had always been called Merry because he was such a happy fellow. But now, he has lost everyone who has ever mattered to him. No longer merry, Richard lives day to day, lost in his grief -- until Teresa Seton accidentally intrudes in his life, bringing with her new rhythms and responsibilities.
Teresa has come to London from her home in Madrid to make her curtsy to the society her English father grew up in. As accomplished she is as a musician, she is equally inept at dealing with polite society. Her mother, a beautiful and witty Spanish Doña, has always told her that she was much too dull and plain to attract any gentleman’s attention – so Teresa has spent her formative years hiding behind her pianoforte.
Richard is shocked one day to come home and find a beautiful young stranger playing his pianoforte … and even more shocked to find that she thinks of herself as ugly and boring. To prove her wrong, Richard kisses her. But they are interrupted by Teresa’s aunt who immediately makes it known that Teresa has been compromised. Richard fulfills his duty by Teresa with a promise to have a marriage in name only.
The only problem with this splendid plan is that Teresa finds herself falling in love with her husband. But does Richard have the ability to put aside his feelings for his dead wife in order to allow his feelings for Teresa to come to the fore?