Mary Balogh delves into a twist on the usual romance by featuring a woman who is unable hear or to talk. Yet, she communicates and emotes with her eyes. At 15, she has fallen for Lord Ashley Kendrick who is leaving for India. He surprises the family when he returns home on the night her her first ball, and quite probably her engagement ball. His return to her resurrects their friendship complete with their secret ways of communicating. And is the start of a new relationship.