The penniless Miss Sophia Dalrymple was an authoress, and a good one, but the problem of finding a publisher seemed insurmountable. For that one needed a wealthy patron. She and her clergyman father had tried many avenues, but to no avail.
To Sophia there appeared just one solution: sell the only thing she had of value in exchange for patronage: Her Virtue.
Any one day she did just that. She had not expected to be taken seriously, but to her horror the Marquis of Carrisbrooke did!