The Honorable Clarissa Vevian is a tall woman, whose tiny and delicate mother has intimidated and forced her to appear even more clumsy and foolish by dressing her in fashions which are unflattering and too-small shoes. Despite these efforts on her mother's behalf, she failed to procure a husband in Bath and is sent to London for refinement and chaperonage by the Tribble sisters.
Along the way to London, her coach is held up by a young gentleman looking for diversion, and Clarissa accidentally foils the robbery and renders the highwayman unconscious. It transpires that the highwayman is a family member of the Earl of Graystone, and Clarissa meets the Earl and stays at his family seat after the aborted robbery and subsequent ruin of Clarissa's coach.
Upon reaching London and the Tribbles' residence, Clarissa meets the Earl again. He is investigating the theft of important government papers, which incidentally were hidden in Clarissa's jewelry box by a spy during Clarissa's journey to London. The Earl and Clarissa become close during the London season, and with the encouragement of the Tribble sisters develop a romantic relationship.
This report prepared by Linda