Geofrey Winter never does something that isn’t proper. He is set in marrying a proper lady and makes a list, in which Beatrice Dennington is included. Meanwhile, Beatrice’s cousin Abbigail Stone has come from America, leaving behind a scandal and a tainted reputation, and wanting to have a new start in England. Geoffrey and Abby meet at a ball, where he accidentally steps in her hem, making her stumble into a server. He apologizes, and when she smiles at him, he is besotted. She starts talking to him and when he realizes everyone is staring he tells her that they can’t talk to each other if they haven’t been properly introduced. He insists on wooing Lady Beatrice, and is astounded to know that the american woman which he met in the ball is her cousin. Will he follow what’s proper or will he go for what he really wants? Will he discover Abby’s scandal? Will he care, once he discovers it?