In this novel, Portia St. Claire is working with her brother, who has gambled away the family home, to get the money needed to cover the debt so there home is safe. Portia is a dependent caretaker, unlike her brother who has a gambling problem. Portia devises a plan to go to London to ask the new Lord Walgrave, their neighbor and friend, for a loan. Before they leave for the trip, Portia encounters Bryght Malloren who breaks into a friends house they are staying at for the night, to recover a love letter.
When Portia and her brother finally reach London, they discover they have to wait a week until Lord Walgrave gets back, which leads Portia's brother into enough idle time to get into more gambling trouble. He gambles away enough more money they do not have to the point where he is threatened to pay or his body parts will be removed or have the choice of auctioning Portia's virginity away in brothel. Portia obviously decides to auction herself to save her brother.
Bryght is at the brothel where Portia is being auctioned, and upon recongnizing her, buys her to save her. After this point, Bryght decides to save her and her family, falling in love along the way.
This report prepared by Angel Manners