Victoria Woodley is a lady happier on her horse than at her stitchery. But she is also a "catch" because of the fortune coming on her twenty-first birthday. Now her greedy guardian intends to force her into wedlock before that day -- to his son!
So a desperate Victoria courts ruin instead: she dresses as a boy and runs off to join a favorite older cousin at his regiment in Prtugal until she reaches her majority.
... Into the Arms of a Spy!
British spy Lord Kit Harden is sailing for Lisbon on a mission when he hires "Victor" as his valet. He doesn't suspect that Victoria has never before seen a chest so broad (or so very bare!) befor. And when Kit discovers her gender, never has she been in such trouble.
The lord feels he has compromised a lady and that the only remedy is a marriage in name only. But Victoria is already smitten. Can she make Kit love her by beating a spy at intrigue... and stealing his heart?
Very sweet story. Many amusing and touching moments. :)