With a country cottage left to her in a mysterious will, American schoolmistress Abigail Todd leaves for England, secretly in search of adventure. What she finds is the scandalous truth of her family history—as the grandmother she never knew plays a posthumous matchmaker.
To receive her bequest, the upright Abigail must complete a series of tasks—and do so in the company of Jared Verney, the handsome Earl of Langley. But the Earl is famous for his polite indifference, and the headstrong Abigail cannot believe a relative of hers could be so indiscreet. And she is just as mystified to discover that the woman she never met may have found her the perfect man.