Grayson Hawthorne is everything blue-blooded Boston society admires - rich, ruthless, untainted by scandal. While always keeping a tight rein on his emotions, he has never forgotten Sophie Wentworth, the spirited but awkward child who captivated his youth with music and a young girl's adoration. But one night long ago, she left the city unexpectedly. Now the toast of Europe, Boston's ugly duckling is returning home with the grace of a swan. Through provocative performances, Sophie has found great fame as a concert cellist. She hopes to keep her past and her new life a secret - until she discovers that her family has bargained her away to Grayson, the lonely boy she once loved - now a cold, forbidding man with the power to break her tattered heart. At that moment, she vows to bring Boston and Grayson to their knees.