After her fiance's tragic death. Lady Roma Randolph never wished to marry any other man. Instead, she has accepted her fate with serenity, living a life of passionless contentment in the company of friends and relations. While wintering in Bath, she meets her former fiance's cousin, Bret Donovan. Witty, bold and a bit scandalous in his asides, Bret is nothing like the placid, genteel man she once nearly called her husband. So why is she attracted to him. Bret Donovan's charm and good looks have won him the attentions of many, but how many would be interested if they found out him penniless. Bret's only chnage to improve his fortune is to trade, thus falling of the social register forever. What he requires is a wealthy wife like Lady Roma. Before long the rogue realizes that it isn't the lady's fortune he wants but her love.