Lynwood felt a strange constriction in his chest. Was it possible? Caroline had come back...But this is 1815 and Caroline had eloped in disgrace 20 years earlier. The girl standing before him speaks with a low husky drawl from the Americas. Adelina Cole, Caroline's daughter, has returned to Abbeyford in search of a grandfather she has never seen, and the estate which she has every right to inherit.
Adelina believes she has found an ally in Emily Langley and her betrothed: the handsome, ruthless Wallis Trent. Trent knows that Lord Royston altered his will to make Emily the main beneficiary, but Adelina's return changes everything. Perhaps now his hand may be more profitably played elsewhere?