Lady Dorianna Dale is packing her trousseau for her illustrious Society wedding to the rich Lord Buxton.
She does not love him, she cannot bear him to touch her and she hates the sound of his loud foolish voice - but unless the wedding goes ahead, she and her Mama will lose everything and will have to sell their beautiful home, Ashburton Hall.
Dorianna briefly meets the handsome and enigmatic Earl of Claremont at a London soiree and she longs to see him again. But how can this ever happen once she is married to Lord Buxton?
She must take her destiny into her own hands. Her maid, Audrey, agrees to impersonate her at the wedding, while Dorianna escapes and finds herself aboard the yacht of a mysterious stranger heading for the Continent.
Deep in the woodland garden at Ashburton Hall a Greek statue holds the key to Dorianna‘s future happiness.