Miss Olivia Fairfax expects a dull sort of life when she arrives at her first post at Bleumoor Park. As the governess to a set of exasperating twin girls, she is responsible for teaching and molding them into young ladies. As she begins to work her magic upon the girls, their cousin throws a rent into her plans. Philip, the earl of Dryden is unlike any man she has met before. Though, Olivia has not often come into contact with many men, having spent her life at a school for girls in Bath. Nonetheless, as feelings grow and change, she makes a difficult decision that ensures certain ruin. To be a mistress or remain a governess? Why can she not have both?