Penniless and withour prospects, Lord Edmund Debham has returned from war longing for a peaceful life in the English countryside. Then he happens into a rustic tavern and plays a few games of cards for some sorely needed funds, never dreaming that a losing hand will lead him to all he desires.
Fiercely independent, Olivia Ormhill hasn't trusted any man since her former fiance betrayed her hopes for happiness. Though at first she believes Edmund to be nothing more than a rakish opportunist, she finds herself ovrwhelmed by his diarming honesty and his charming demeanor.
But, when her former fiance returns to take the hot-tempered bluestocking for himself, both Olivia and Edmund will have to decide how much their unspoken passion is worth--and if they are willing to wager their hearts for true love----