Great, great book. It manages to show the characters growing up in the space of 200 odd pages.
Girl escapes from church where evil uncle is bribing vicar to marry her to his more evil but stupider son. Boy is drunk after fight with father (in which he vows to marry first girl he sees). Girl begs boy for help, he, being half drunk, civalrous and mad at his father, marries her.
Both character have issues coming from their parents. Both characters manage to admit their issues eventually (they each help the other) and fall in love and live happily ever after.
Helen St. James didn't think her life could get any worse after her parents died and her uncle took control of her family's estate. Yet to the young orphan's shock, her scheming relative plans to force her to wed his odious son. She thinks her one hope is to flee from the altar, never expecting her headlong flight to land her in the arms of a handsome rogue.
Rafe Thomas has just sworn to marry the first girl he sees rather then accept his father's choice for a bride. But never in his wildest dreams does he expect to rescue breathtaking Helen St. James by taking her for his wife. Now Rafe and Helen are about to learn if a marriage made in haste will give them endless misery...or undying passion.