Just 18, beautiful and intelligent, Yola Beauharnais lives a blessed fairy tale life at her magnificent family castle on the Loire. Then her grandmother announces that she has been promised in marriage by her late beloved father to the Marquis de Montereau. Yola is appalled. She has heard of the marquis, who although handsome and sophisticated, has a reputation in Paris as a rake, socialite and ladykiller. How could she possibly marry such a man, one who wants her only for her castle and estate? On meeting the marquis in disguise, Yola finds that there is much more to him than his reputation suggests and, as love blossoms between them, she comes to bitterly regret her deception.