Chloe Barwick was struggling to run her impoverished family estate because her brother Edward wanted to become a poet. Suddenly Lord Carnforth's wealthy nephew, Jack Gamble, came home from India and everything changed.
Jack began lending money to Edward to fix up the estate. He also got engaged to Lord Carnforth's daughter Emily, whom Edward had once wooed.
Even so, Emily found herself daydreaming about Jack. Of course he was too disreputable to consider. Besides he had never made a move in her direction. Who would want to court a lady with a tongue of fire? Chloe never lost an opportunity to set him down.
And yet, in spite of everything, love has a way of creeping into young hearts...