The Earl of Stratham blamed all his misfortunes on one woman--the noblewoman who scorned his suit years ago. With no legitimite offspring, the earl offers the most promising of his bastard sons the opportunity to inherit his fortune and his title if he marries the daughter of the woman who made him a laughingstock.
Liam is a charming devil whose smuggling business has been broken up by the end of the Napoleonic wars. Although tempted to throw the inheritance back in his contemptible father's face, Liam discovers that he cannot turn away the opportunity to become one of the richest men in England.
It makes it easier that the father of the noblewoman in question--Lady Alexandra Henning--is in desperate financial straits and cannot turn down the earl's offer to pay his debts and set up a generous income in exchange for the honor of his daughter's hand in marriage.
At first horrified at her father's intention to "sell" her to pay his debts, Alexandra eventually reconciles herself to the marriage. But Liam soon discovers that he wants his wife to feel more than tolerance for him...and sets about trying to win her affection.
However, at just the moment that Alexandra and Liam discover their love for each other, Liam must tear himself away to rescue a dear friend. During his absence, Alexandra is devastated by the discovery of the real reason for their marriage. Will she ever be able to forgive him for his duplicity?