Fleeing the ton and his creditors, man-about-town Archie Brainridge is hiding out in the country when his godfather makes him an unexpected offer: if Archie gives up wagering and becomes leg-shackled to a respectable wife, the wealthy earl will make him his heir. Archie can think of only one woman who might accept him: the uncommonly pretty, unhappily penniless Isabella Cox, who is certain to say yes to the only proposal she is ever likely to receive!
But the lady says no. Despite her secret tendre for the wayward Archie, Isabella finds his proposal singularly unromantic and his reputation an outrage. Now she is off to London for her long-awaited coming-out. Wherever Isabella goes — from Almack's to the opera, from White's to Hyde Park — her persistent suitor is there to woo her. But he'll never win her hand . . . unless he reforms his ways and risks his heart on the greatest gamble of all-love!