Twelve years ago Anya Sedley was thought dead in the shipwreck that took the lives of her parents. However, she managed to find haven on the Caribbean Island of Puerta Sirena where the ragtag locals treated her as a Love Goddess. Anya returned to North Carolina high society, but has had trouble readjusting. Having run through a chain of tutors, governesses, and companions, she has earned the reputation as the Beast of Rose Hill. Her desperate grandmother wants Julian DeButy to "tame" and marry Anya.
Julian tries to teach the wild and spirited Anya how to behave in polite company. However, Anya plans to provide him special sexual lessons in her bed. As they battle for the role of teacher, they fall in love. However, Anya does not trust those feelings and Julian is bewildered by his needs for her that go contrary to his vow of celibacy.