David Tenant, a Boston-bred master of fine leatherwork, has just unexpectedly inherited the rather sizable English estate of Brentfield Court - -and a conniving widow in the process. For Lady Sylvia Tenant is determined to control the fortune of her late husband . . . even if that means bringing home her seventeen-year-old niece Priscilla in hopes that the new earl will woo her. But David has eyes only for Priscilla’s art teacher and guardian, the lovely Miss Hannah Alexander.
When Hannah, who eschewed marriage for the life of a painter and tutor, is required to escort a pupil to Brentfield, she meets the kind-hearted Lord Tenant. In private, she sketches his portrait so that she will always have a remembrance of the handsome man she can never have. But when she agrees to aid David in his search for missing art heirlooms, she enters into a partnership as perilous to her life as it is to her heart.