The calendar said Spring, but a cold wind chilled Dorsetminsters daffodils and Miss Fabia Thurston. Yearning for her balmy childhood home in the West Indies, the nineteen year old orphan took a misstep on Market Street and tumbled, right into strong masculine arms. Captain Richard Goring had a twinkle in his eyes and a smile that brougght sunshine into Fabia's lonely life, and what beau could be more ideal than a naval hero whose father was a baronet? Then Gabia discovered who else Richard was, brother to the scoundrel who'd shattered her poor sisters love live. Fabia might have lost her heart, but not her pride. Her decision was made, she woudl wed another, but when her intended turned out to be an utter cad, and Richard was seen about town with a husband hunting flibbertigibbet, Fabia realized she'd made a ruinous mistake, until a smitten and resourceful captain devised a plan to clear his brothers name and win the lady he loved.