When Lord Stephen Clearbrook, the 4th son of a duke, enters a high-stakes card game, he acquires more than just another debt - he acquires a bride. He owes a large sum to one William Shelby, a wealthy business-man who always gets what he wants. And what Shelby wants is for his lovely daughter Elizabeth to marry a man with a title, so he's offered to waive the debt if Clearbrook is willing to take her hand. Having learned too well from her obstinate father, Elizabeth positively refuses to marry for anything other than love. But when she meets handsome Lord Clearbrook, it seems that fate may have dealt a perfect pair after all.