Lizzie, the youngest of the six haughty Beverley girls, has seen each of her sisters nearly marry for Mannerling, not for love. All were obsessed with regaining the exquisite seventeenth-century ancestral mansion that had been gambled away by their now-deceased father, Sir Beverley. In the end each girl followed true love and forgot about Mannerling. Lizzie, however, has always been different from her sisters. Red-haired and saucy, she has never cared about Mannerling - or marriage, for that matter. Unfortunately, her mother, Lady Beverley, knows that Lizzie is her last chance if she ever hopes to preside over Mannerling again. But Lizzie would rather die an old maid than marry for anything but love. And how could she ever love Mannerling's new owner, the stuffy and rude Duke of Severnshire? Suddenly it seems that no one, including the duke, is what he seems, and for the first time canny Lizzie is at a loss for words. Still, is a homecoming really what she wants?