In this prequel to the Bedwyn family series, Lily Doyle, Sergeant's daughter, is hurriedly married to Neville Wyatt, Viscount of Earl of Kilbourne, when an encounter with a French scouting party leaves Doyle's father dead. Being the wife of an officer will protect her if captured by the French. After one night of love, a re-engagement with the French leaves a wounded Neville sees Lily shot and believes her dead. When the wounded Neville returns to England he enters into an engagement with a childhood friend. Life throws the entire family a curve ball when Lily appears at the church minutes before Neville and Lauren Edgeworth wed.