Young Lord Charville and Katerina Carradine were once devoted childhood companions, their significant social class difference never impeding on their friendship. Now adults, their paths in life have gone separate ways and things are very different. Lord Charville's life has come to a standstill after his wife's death. He is bereft with guilt that he was responsible for her death leaving their young son Edmond without a mother. Katerina is well aware of her station in life and is now governess to Edmond.
Adeline Jones is soon to be wed to Lord Miles Barrow of Dovedale. However, when his father, the Duke of Dovedale, declares he is near to bankruptcy and ruination, he insists that Miles must make a most abhorrent sacrifice. Miles is fated to a disconsolate marriage of convenience. The consequences are dire for Adeline as she is abandoned. Five years have passed and life is much changed for both Miles and Adeline. Miles has inherited his father title but is still guilt ridden and heart broken.
Fortune Hunt lives with her sisters and father in the beautiful Rose Garden Cottage. Unbeknown to Fortune her father, William, has agreed an unscrupulous and despicable trade. This plot will affect Fortune's future forever in the most horrendous way. When she finds out about the deal Fortune flees to the safe haven of her Aunt with the plight of blackmail and guilt hanging over her head. But it looks doubtful that Fortune will avoid her impending fate forever?
Isabel Nobel, a parsons daughter with little wealth or dowry, is a naive soul. She is coerced to spend her first season in London with her meddlesome godmother, Lady Dodsworth. Lady Dodsworth has a promise to keep - find Isabel a wealthy suitor and has a monumental ploy to do so. To improve her prospects, Isabel becomes Lady Charlotte Dunbar - an orphaned heiress with 10,000 a year. Under this public façade she encounters the socially prominent Duke of Southdown, an arrogant, staunch bachelor.
walks hesitantly to the cliff edge, staring down into the pitch dark cold sea and its crashing waves. Could this be the answer to her predicament, a long leap off the edge into the murkiness below? Left pregnant by the scandalous Lord John Pembury, her character and good name and more importantly that of her fathers the Rev. Robert Hawksley is soon to be in disrepair. This appeared to be Henrietta's only escape, until she falls into the arms of the Duke of Templeton.