Lady Larkspur's parents decide that her sharp tongue and temper which matches her fiery hair will keep her from ever getting married, so, they insist she accept a marriage proposal from Lord Raeburn, a very much older distant cousin. Lark does not want to marry and concocts a plan. Raeburn will not want her if she cannot have children. She pretends she is very ill and figures if she stays ill long enough, Raeburn will find someone else.
The threat to Lark's plan, however, is Raeburn's current heir, Benedict Queensman, a doctor. Benedict sees through her fake illness. But, he suggests that Lark recover at his hospital in Brighton. Lark goes to Brighton with her close friend Janet and Benedict escorts them both. Lark is suspicious of Benedict. They argue a lot, yet both feel an attraction.
In Brighton, strange things happen. One of the hospital patients is a colonel who claims to have served in America, yet Benedict knows that the colonel's knowledge is wrong and suspects something is not quite right. The colonel is also obssessed with maps, including a map of the coastline near Brighton. Benedict is a secret informant of the king. As the possible spy plot develops, Lark and Benedict fall in love. But Lark's betrothal to Lord Raeburn continues as he has not called it off because of her illness.
This report prepared by L. Watson