For nearly three years, the secretive Miss Catherine Marks has been the governess and companion of the two youngest Hathaway sisters. As the family is unorthodox and eccentric, and two of the sisters have married Gypsies, it’s not the easiest task in the world for Miss Marks to instruct the girls on suitable behaviour, attire and conversation topics. She’s grateful for the safety and comfort the position provides, but lives in fear that one day the dark secrets of her past will come out, and she’ll be forced to leave them. The only fly in the ointment is Leo Hathaway, Lord Ramsey, a carefree and dissolute rake who takes great pleasure in needling and teasing her every time they meet. Lately, the teasing and barbs have changed in nature, though, and it seems as if there may be more than mutual loathing between the two of them.