Edward Brentwood, the recently titled Lord Felton, is finally receiving the respect from the aristocracy that he has coveted all his life. His great-uncle, the Marquis of Beaumont, has named him his heir and to appease him, Edward has promised to marry and begin his nursery. He wishes to add to his distinction by finding a young debutante of lineage and wealth that will add to his esteem. He is determined that no child of his shall suffer as he did because his father married beneath his station. Even with the best of intentions, Edward finds himself more often in the company of Lady Anne, a lady who is considered past her prime, penurious and in service. Edward finds their encounters irritating, yet affecting and must decide if she is the one he is seeking and if so, how to win the heart of a lady who believes his attentions are far from honorable.