As one of the two remaining unmarried Beverley sisters, Belinda considers herself the last hope for Mannerling, the beloved estate gambled away by their father.
Each of her four elder sisters had hoped - even schemed - to marry one of Mannerling's successive owners. But all had chosen true love over their ancestral home.
Practical and duty-bound, Belinda will woo and wed Lord St. Clair, current holder of the estate. True, he is a silly fop, hardly what she desires in a husband, but she vows to make the man love her - even at the expense of her own happiness.
However, dashing Lord Gyre can hardly ignore the ridiculous drama - Belinda is far too good for that dandy St. Clair. Therefore, his lordship decides it is his duty to win the lovely Belinda's heart!