Miss Ellen Marling made a most serious mistake when she let her father marry her off to the beastly Baron Basil Brockhaven. Just how immense an error it was became crystal clear to this innocent but independent young lady when she faced the prospect of her wedding night with the loathsome lord.
A leap in the dark from the bedroom window seemed her only sure way of escape. But here again it seemed that she had most grievously erred. Her leap carried her into the hands of the notorious Marquess of Trent, as ravenous in his pursuit of pleasure as he was irresistibly handsome. Ellen had traded a monstrous husband for a masterly rake and knew she could not risk another mistake, the greatest one of all: falling in love . . .