Josette Price sees her future when she gazes across the lawn of Beddingfield Park. Her brother, George, has run off to sea and left the family in her care. Nothing would make her happier than to be settled within the palings of their home, but brooding Captain Carter rides into their lives with news that ruins everything: George has been lost at sea.
Learning the park is entailed to their ambitious cousin, Josette must decide between marrying her fickle childhood sweetheart or helping her infatuated sister trap him in her stead. Only Captain Carter and his delightfully spinsterish relatives can stop the Price girls from making what could be another tragic mistake.