For years Celina Storton has been in love with Robin, the Earl of Torrington, but he spends his time in Paris pursuing beautiful women, and the more the merrier. Then his mother?s illness forced him to return to England, where she demands that he marry quickly, as she does not have long to live. She has chosen his bride, Celina. He is horrified by this threat to his liberty, but since Celina is an old friend, he agrees. Only when the wedding is over does his mother reveal that she is not as ill as she had seemed. Furious at the way he was tricked into marriage, Robin turns on his wife, certain that she must have been party to the deception. But Celina was innocent and beccomes angry at his accusations. Ready to walk out on him, she discovers that his tenants had been ill-treated during his long absences in Paris. She sets out to improve their lives, letting her husband stew by himself.