Lady Isabel Cameron has little use for marriage and propriety. Her dream is to study art in Paris. But her father has engaged her to a waddling, bankrupt, domineering lord twice her age. When her childhood flame Marcus Hawksley reappears - handsome, single, and socially snubbed - Isabel devises the perfect escape. She will solicit Marcus's assistance to destroy her reputation. Marcus has already felt the wrath of the ton, with his business as a stockbroker deemed unacceptable. But he is no despoiler of innocent ladies - until by chance, Isabel's improper advance leaves her the only witness against a lie that could truly ruin him. Faced with her father's demands for marriage, Isabel and Marcus agree to a wedding of convenience - and six months' tenure living as supposed husband and wife. But as the heat between them grows, what seemed a pretense becomes deliciously real.