Adam Fortescue, the sixth Earl of Abberley, was the scandal of the county. This handsome lord had let his estate go to ruin and his own elegant person show every sign of dissipation as he pursued a life of heedless pleasure in the fastest circles of London society.
But now Miss Margaret Caldecourt needed Abberley's help to stop her family's birthright from being stolen by her unscrupulous Aunt Annis and unsavoery Cousin Jordan. And the only way to get that vital aid was to return Abberley to respecitability - whether he wanted it or not.
One thing, however, Margaret did not reckon on as she out to save the earl from his folly: that she could be so foolish as to fall in love with a man whose weakness might well overcome her strength.