Sir Robin Dunstead returns from India after his father‘s death to find that he now owns two of the largest ancestral houses in the country both containing superb art collections, but the houses and the pictures are in a very poor state of repair.
Unfortunately Sir Robin‘s father had sold everything that was saleable in both houses and everything of value is entailed for future generations of Dunsteads. Robin is left with no income and finds he has not enough money to buy food for himself and sister Alena.
They are in complete despair until Robin remembers his friend who can copy pictures brilliantly, so with great daring, because it is illegal and he could go to prison, he gets his friend to copy two of his less well known pictures so he can sell the originals to a secret collector. This money does not go far, so he and Alena reluctantly decide that they will have to marry rich Americans, many of whom are already in London, while pretending that they are very rich themselves.
In the meantime most unexpectedly Alena meets a charming and delightful artist who shares her appreciation of art and the Dunstead collection, whilst Robin pursues a hugely wealthy heiress. How Robin and Alena fail to fall in love with a rich American, but instead find the real true love they have always sought in the most unlikely way is told in this unusual story