Beautiful and young impoverished parson?s daughter Hermia Brooke is happy with her simple country life, despite being shunned by her wealthy uncle, the Earl of Millbrooke, and her cousin, the spoiled and selfish Marilyn. In a chance encounter with a raffishly handsome gentleman, whom she decides resembles the devil himself, she nevertheless helps him with a stone stuck in his horse?s hoof. Rewarded with a golden guinea and a shocking kiss, Hermia finds her world turned topsy turvy when she meets the mysterious stranger once more at the behest of Marilyn, who is determined to trap this devil ? namely the Marquis of Deverille ? into marriage.