Once there was a shy young woman with no offers for her hand. Once there was a handsome rake who never gave hear a second glance. In the costume of her lovely cousin, the shy young woman attended a masked ball. The handsome rake thought she was someone else. The shy young woman let him. When the masks were dropped, the ruse was revealed. But the real escapade had just begun.
Sullen Lord Quentin Somerville finds himself married to the decidedly plain Jane Wentworth after an attempt to woe her step-sister goes awry. After a disastrous wedding night, he banishes her to his ramshackle estate in the country. Jane, however, thrives in the familiar surroundings and befriends the neglected townspeople, setting out to improve everyone’s situation. As Quentin discovers Jane’s hidden talents, her true beauty becomes apparent to him, and he soon finds himself in the awkward position of falling in love with his own wife.