May 1873 Twenty year old Lady Amanda Herrington arrives at a country house party in pursuit of a husband, a husband she promised her late father she'd find. Devlyn Maddox, Duke of Warrick arrives at the same house party in pursuit of a tyrst with Lady Lavina Farrell. Deliberately given directions to the wrong bedchamber, Devlyn makes love to a sleeping Amanda and once caught is forced to marry her. Forced by society into a loveless marriage to a man she'd never met and never wanted, a marriage just like the one her parents shared, Amanda hopes they migth somehow to better. Once wed Devlyn takes his bride to his country estate and leaves without a word to her. Left alone with only her maid and coachman among strangers Amanda endures a miserable two weeks without one word from her new husband. Realizing the horrible mistake she's made Amanda packs and leaves for America and and a new life. Many months later upon learning of his bride's defection to America Devlyn has their marriage annulled and moves on with is life as evidently has his bride. Twelve years later Amanda returns to England with the man she now intends to wed but a secret and certain events throw Amand and Devlyn back together again. Will this time have a happier ending?