Soon Sydney finds herself pulled into the sorrows and cares of the countess' family - the heir to their chateau has disappeared, leaving his younger brother to manage the estate with hands tied by French law. He cannot sell off any of the acreage to raise the money he needs to keep the vineyards solvent. People report having glimpsed the older brother at a distance, but he has a knack for melting away.
In love with the romantic story of these French aristocrats, Sydney joins in the search Soon her romantic involvement with the hard-beset younger brother is much more than a summer's fling. The elusive heir makes a dramatic last appearance at his mother's birthday extravaganza.