Life is falling into place for Dugray Dawson. After years of working, he has finally purchased a run-down estate of his own. To make it successful, he must work hard and follow his plan precisely. He has no time or inclination toward love. But he cannot walk away when he stumbles upon a carriage accident and the maid who survived.
Zia Petrovich arrives in England in search of her uncle, a man she has never met, in hopes that he will protect her from an unwelcome arranged marriage. When her carriage crashes, she is removed to the run-down estate of a surly, albeit handsome, gentleman who refuses to believe she truly is a princess.
When Zia’s betrothed discovers her location, both Zia and Dawson must decide to follow their plans or their hearts.