After a good run she paused on the highest point for miles around. Away to the south the slanting winter sun exaggerated the folds and furrows of the land, and the fields below formed a patchwork of black and brown, russet and green. Something tugged at her mind, a line of poetry she had recently read and not fully appreciated till now. It was about hedgerows...
"'Hardly hedgerows... hardly hedgerows...' but what comes next?"
"Hardly hedgerows - little lines of sportive wood run wild," said a voice behind her. "And who the devil are you?"
Thus begins the extraordinary friendship between Serena Calvert and Lord Wintersett, high upon that hill where they created a world of their own. Soon Serena has to leave to chaperon her niece's entry into society, but Lord Wintersett in London is a very different man from her close companion on the Surrey Downs. Can they find their way back through betrayal, heartbreak and sorrow, or is their friendship destroyed forever?