The Duke of Bridgwater sees an outlandishly dressed young woman with a purple plumed bonnet standing by the side of the road. Thinking she is a woman of easy virtue and looking for some entertainment, he picks her up in his carriage. The woman, Stephanie Gray, spins a tale about being a governess who was now on her way to claim a large inheritance when beset upon by brigands because she was traveling alone. Bridgwater does not realize she is telling the truth until it is too late and he has compromised her. To protect her reputation and save his own honour, he marries her.
Stephanie loves Bridgwater for saving her both from the road and offering marriage. She thinks he can do no wrong. Bridgwater had hoped for more than a marriage of convenience but he does not know how to communicate with his new wife. When he tells her he picked her up on the road thinking he could make her his mistress, Stephanie's illusions are shattered. The two must start to rebuild their relationship without any misunderstandings or false impressions. The two struggle as they come to know each other, adjust their expectations and realize that they might find love within their marriage.
This report prepared by L. Watson