Lady Catherine Granville may have lost her social status when her husband died, but she will not allow her husband's family to dictate how she will live. With firm resolve, she opens an academy for genteel young ladies. But then she receives word that the Marquess of Charlmont plans to inspect her establishment before enrolling his niece - and she fears more for her heart than for her independence.
Lucian, the Marquess of Charlmont, has the reputation of a rake, but even he has a conscience. So when Lady Catherine's relatives ask him to use his charm and influence to persuade her to close the school's doors, Lucian has qualms. After all, he betrayed Catherine's trust ten years ago. But before the charade is complete, he finds himself yearning to win the respect - and the love - of the beautiful young widow.