After eighteen months of secret service to the Crown, Jared Westbrooke, the Earl of Hawkesby, is back in England to finally claim the wife he barely remembers. After all, they'd only known each other a few minutes before circumstances forced them to wed on board his ship in Egypt. Eager to make a fresh start with his countess, Jared is thrown for a loop when he arrives at his estate to find his personal hunting lodge turned into a hotel currently catering a sporting tournament. And his barely remembered bride? She's turned out to be smart, beautiful, and has no idea who he is. Deciding some reconnaisance is called for, Jared decides not to reveal his real identity just yet.
Her husband was coming home and the time of reckoning was at hand for Kathryn Westbrooke ne Trafford. Left to her own devices by a husband she can barely remember, Kathryn has devoted herself to helping those suffering from the great potato famine in Ireland. Not only has she taken in several orphans and used her husband's estate to raise funds, Kathryn is leading a secret life few know of. When an attractive gentleman unexpectedly arrives claiming to have a reservation, Kathryn is forced to put him up and somehow finds herself continuously running into him. However, the tables are soon turned when Kathryn realizes who her mystery guest is.