Daughter of the Earl of Longwood, a gentleman gambler, and the Countess of Longwood, society beauty Lady Yolanda Wood has an exciting if unconventional childhood travelling around the casinos and racecourses of Europe. Life changes dramatically after the tragic death of her father, and she and her ravishing mother are left penniless and alone. In mourning for her husband, and dependent on the kindness of self-made millionaire Oliver Garrack, the countess? gratitude swiftly turns to romance and Yolanda finds herself with a stepfather she neither likes nor respects. When her mother suddenly dies, Yolanda begins to understand how much her stepfather worshipped her mother, and gains an insight into the workings of his clever brain and his business dealings.