Nineteen-year-old Lizzy and her young brother, Th omas, fi nd themselves orphaned after a tragic accident claims the lives of their parents. Th eir estranged Uncle Cline arrives to claim his inheritance, and his roguish ways cast a shadow over the manor. Both the family estate and guardianship of his niece and nephew were left to him, and scheming Uncle Cline is determined to indulge in his newfound wealth and rid himself of his charges.Desperate to save her brother from a dangerous life at sea, and herself from being married off to a detestable old gentleman, Lizzy knows there is only one choice leftthey must run.Lizzy and Th omas sneak away and fi nd refuge in an abandoned cabin. Th ere they remain hiddenuntil fate acquaints Lizzy with Mr. Barton, a charming gentleman who is immediately intrigued by the mysterious young woman. Concealing her identity, Lizzy is unaware that there is much more to this compassionate man than meets the eye. Th rough his kindness to herself and her brother, Lizzy begins to trust Mr. Barton. Soon Lizzy realizes he may be her best hope for a life in which she can liveand loveas she chooses. . . .