This book will make you laugh one minute and cry the next. When Charley loses her parents, and almost dies herself until a man by the name of Jean Matois saves her, she doesn't seem to grieve. After the loss of her grandfather and the discovery that she is penniless, Charley only hopes for the best. When her cousin, Alfred Tarrant shows up and proves to be too much of a dictator for the self-willed Charley, we find our heroine suddenly betrothed. Although another man by the name of Sir Antony Foxearth, who appears all too familair, somehow changes Rockland's mind about the wedding. At the wedding ceremony, that Rockland arranges we discover that Charley didn't even know her betrothed's first name, nor did she know that marriage by proxy was illegal in England; therfore, she marries another cousin with a claim to be heir to her grandfather's earldom. As Sir Antony Foxearth endeavors to save the Duke of Wellington's life, Charley comes to grieve for the loss of her family with his caring, not to mention his throwing her in a pond when she takes some of her anger out on her young cousin, Lady Letitia.