Miss Emma Drenville lacks grace but is very beautiful. She comes from a family that is very eccentric. Hence the nickname the Dreadfuls. The hero, Nathan Hale is home from military duty. He is intrigued by her beauty, but unwittingly insults her family. He then follows her to London to make amends and to pursue her further. This was an ok book. I like my H/H to have more verbal sparring, but it was a quick and easy read.