Orphaned young and cast upon the charity of her disapproving Aunt Willis, Elvira Carrisford has known little love and affection in her life. All looks to change for the better when Elvira is invited to become a companion to her lively cousin, Delphine, who is hoping to make a match worthy of her wealth and status. With only hazy childhood memories of her last visit, Elvira is unsure of what to expect, but is determined to make a good impression. Lost in a blizzard, and rescued by the enigmatic Serge, Elvira arrives at Baseheart Castle late, disheveled and in need of love and comfort from her family. But Elvira is stunned when her rescuer turns out to be the valet of the handsome French Prince intended for her cousin.