The Strathcarrons have lived in splendor in Lednock Castle in Scotland for many generations, but they fall on hard times when the family fortune is depleted. An American guest at the castle, Larry Harwood, persuades the Earl of Strathcarron to travel to New York with him to make his fortune. Six months later, the earl returns a broken man, having lost the entire estate to the American's creditors. The earl's son and daughter, Ewen and Moira, hatch a desperate plan to save the castle and their very inheritance from the clutches of the American bank. They believe their only recourse is to make good marriages into wealthy families with the hope that they can bail out their father. "There is nothing for it. We will have marry for money."Thus they head for London and its glittering social scene with the express purpose of not returning to Scotland until both have found suitable spouses. But things do not go as planned. Moira once again meets handsome Stuart Weston, and, in spite of her promise to her brother, she finds herself falling in love. Torn between her loyalty to her family and her heart's desire, Moira wonders whether she will ever find true happiness, or will she be forced into a loveless marriage of convenience?