Captain Alex Woodward was fighting Napoleonic troops on the Peninsula, until his wounds forced him to retire. Now he travels to an estate of his former comrade, killed by the enemies, to fulfill his promise and help the slain officer's sisters any way he could. The estate is entailed, but the eldest sister Rebecca comes up with an ingenious solution to their problem. Although Rebecca's idea is highly irregular and somewhat illegal, Alex's promise wouldn't let him to back off. It could've been easy, if their mutual attraction didn't complicate matters. And then, Rebecca's brother's secret past comes to light, and a worse entanglement ensues.