Anne Balfour lives in a poor section of London. Imagine her surprise when her father, a dustman, finds something incriminating in a rich family’s fireplace ash. His idea to blackmail the family into taking in Anne and find her a rich husband has her reeling! She doesn’t want to go through with it, but he’s the only family she has. Guilt would plague her if she caused him disappointment.
Augustus Sinclair has a broken heart. His betrothed has dropped him for his own best friend. Former best friend. When he meets Anne Balfour, though, he realizes that he’d not really been in love before. Some of Anne’s reactions to what he considers everyday activities are puzzling, but that doesn’t stop him from falling head over heels.
Will Anne be successful in pleasing her father and find a rich husband? Or will her distress at their dishonesty keep her from being happy? And what will happen if her father’s scheme backfires?