Young Wilbur Munroe doesn't know a soup spoon from a salad fork. And although he makes his living working as a manual laborer for wealthy people in Savannah, he dreams about a much better life than what he's known.
Dr. Harlan Henderson is a world-famous teacher of applied linguistics. And in his spare time he enjoys the company of rough, working class bi-sexual men who never put emotional demands on him. At thirty-nine years old, the last thing he's looking for is a life partner.
But when young Wilbur trips over an urn at one of Harlan's infamous Savannah parties and spills his pomegranate martini on a Georgia senator, Harlan's life changes forever. Though his first instinct is to fire Wilbur, he's mesmerized by Wilbur's wretched accent and his bold spirit.
When Wilbur returns the next day to ask Harlan to teach him to speak well and turn him into a perfect gentleman, Harlan is willing to take on the challenge. He moves Wilbur into his home, works with him night and day, and refuses to stop until he sees results.
Only he doesn't notice Wilbur is falling in love with him. And by the time he does, it just might be too late...