Miss Deirdre Cantor is an exquisite beauty who has been well instructed in flirtation and manipulation by her conniving stepmother Lady Tessa. However, beneath her practiced airs there has survived a passionate, generous soul—who has been jonesing for the somber Marquis of Brookhaven since she first saw him when she was fifteen years old. Now her chance has come. When her cousin jilts him on their wedding day, Deirdre steps in and proposes a cold, practical arrangement—a marriage that will benefit them both. It isn’t until Calder surprises her with his horrid child Meggie (really, this kid is a nightmare!) and threats of dire consequences if Deirdre cannot tame the wild girl that Deirdre realizes that she will need much more than her beauty alone to tame the Beast of Brookhaven.