Eighteen-year-old Francesca Haversham is privileged, beautiful and naive. Lineage, titles and wealth are the ultimate virtues among nineteenth-century English aristocracy, and Francesca is elite society’s newest and most celebrated debutante from one of England’s most illustrious families. Her pedigree is impeccable—or is it?
Her coming out ball brings with it the appearance of one Mr. Langley Ashbourne, and Francesca is immediately taken in by his handsome features and flattering words. But not everything is as it seems, and flowery comments can only hide dark truths for so long. Meanwhile, a long buried secret creeps ever closer to the light, one that would destroy her comfortable life, tarnish her family’s character, and ruin all hopes of a reputable marriage.