Frances Allard, a teacher at Miss Martin's School for Girls, becomes stranded at an inn during a snowstorm with Lucius Marshall, Viscount Sinclair. The pair, who dislike each other at first, steadily begin to enjoy each other's company as they are forced to work and entertain themselves together. By the end of the two days of being stranded, their initial dislike of each other turns into sexual attraction and they have a torrid night of love. They separate and go on with their lives, but each was deeply affected by the encounter and continously think of each other.
Months later, the pair encounter each other again in Bath, where she teaches and Lucius' grandfather is vacationing due to his health problems. Lucius, who has decided to marry soon, finds himself pursuing Frances again, even though she attempts to deny the relationship. They again separate, only this time they both are deeply in love with each other, but she denies his proposal of marriage, stating she is too unsuitable for him.
Lucius and Frances encounter each other a third time in London, only this time he demands an explanation of why she believes she is so unsuitable, and she tells him of her scandalous past as a singer. Frances decides she would marry him, but only if he can gain the acceptance of his family. Lucius begins a campaign with his family to win their affection for Frances, so they may be wed without any scandal.
This report prepared by Angel Manners