Rich and beautiful, Lady Felicity Winterbourne has traveled the world, seeking only a home of her own. While there are many gentlemen eager to oblige her, she knows that their ardor has more to do with her lavish dowry than true affection. When she meets Gerald FitzDesmond, Earl of Kilgarvan, his tales of his ramshackle Irish estate seize her imagination. Felicity abandons decorum and proposes a marriage of convenience-with the proviso, lest Gerald prove a fortune-hunter, that she hold the purse strings! His dark looks and roguish charm, however, soon complicate her most practical action with the dizziest of desires.