Theresa Jennings strayed from propriety as a younger woman, though now she'll do anything to secure her child's future among decent society. She'll even make peace with the titled brother who turned his back on her years ago.
Matthew Belmont, local magistrate and neighbor to Theresa's brother, is a widower who's been lonely too long. He sees in Theresa a woman paying a high a price for mistakes long past, and a lady given far too little respect for turning her life around. Theresa is enthralled by Matthew's combination of honorable intentions and honest passion, but then trouble comes calling, and it's clear somebody intends to ruin Theresa and Matthew's chance at a happily ever after.