Making the best of a bad situation, Anthea Darricot was civil to her newly-met cousin Hugh -- but barely. For Anthea, reduced to accepting the charity of irascible Lord Darricot, had been ordered to marry Hugh, recent heir to the Darricot fortune.
Grandfather Darricot's plan seemed perfect -- to Grandfather: Hugh, the offspring of his son and a common weaver's daughter, might bring an unsuitable wife into the family. To prevent this disaster, Hugh must marry the impoverished, 22-year-old spinster Anthea. Knowing this, the two young people detested one another on sight.
But the infant Cupid was shooting his arrows with an appalling lack of aim that season . . .