Lord Milton should be a happy man, owning an ancient title and a magnificent estate. But he is deep in debt and haunted by memories of the Crimea, where was a soldier that part of the Charge of the Light Brigade. To take his mind off the past, he eagerly accepts the suggestion of a friend to become the manager of a hotel in Brighton, called the Paradise Hotel. He decides to abandon his title and pass simply as John Milton. Then he meets a mysterious young lady who arrives suddenly and begs him to hide her from a man who is hunting her, her evil guardian, Sir Stewart Paxton. To Cecilia the Paradise Hotel is a paradise indeed once she meets John Milton.