When lively Maris Lindel finds her tendre for next-door-neighbor Lord Kenton Danesby gently rebuffed, she's put out - and more embarrassed than she'd care to admit. Nursing a bruised heart, she returns home from the Season to find her attention absorbed by the plight of a friend who's fallen on hard times. Witnessing another's misfortunes certainly puts her own in perspective, and Maris devotes herself to helping others in need. When enxt she meets Kenton, her dignity remains intact, though she cannot ignore the fact that he still makes her heart skip a beat.
Kenton feels badly about rejecting Miss Lindel, but better to let her down in private than be party to her foolish flirting at public events. She's a perfectly charming girl, but a girl nonetheless - full of silly whims and fancies. Yet Danesby is surprised at how clam and mature Maris has become when they cross paths the very next year. Faced with a young lady seemingly uninterested in his attentions - yet just as lovely as ever - Kenton soon finds himself wishing to take her off the marriage mart with a proposal of his own.