When her father dies, Sybill Wythe is left with nothing but an invitation from his friend Lord Foxbridge to journey across England in 1588 to become his ward at Foxbridge Cloister. Her unease at accepting the invitation grows when she meets Trevor Breton, the lord's estate manager, a man too handsome for Sybill's good and who seems to hate her for reasons she cannot guess. Neither Sybill nor Trevor suspect the real reason why Lord Foxbridge has brought Sybill to the isolated estate and how easily love and hate can be confused. . .until it may be too late for innocent hearts.