Annabelle learned early in life that if you get too close to someone you will end up being hurt in the end. She has guarded her heart after her parent's death and the subsequent loss of her two best friends. When Annabelle ends up the ward of the Marquis of Havenshire, she learns that even adults can get punished when they behave badly. Annabelle tries to avoid trouble but finds herself constantly dealing with the infuriating Earl of Worthington. The Earl has a way of frustrating her one moment and then making her knees weak the next. He doesn't fit into her plan and she doesn't like his presence one bit and refuses to give him her attentions. When her guardian insists on holding a masquerade ball to find her a suitable husband, Annabelle is none too pleased when the Earl makes her search all the more difficult. Will she be able to stay out of trouble and find a suitable husband or will the Earl foil her plans?