Once upon a time, Adrian Delacourt, Gareth Sherwood, and beautiful Joanna Milford were childhood friends -- they grew up together, played wondrous games, and pledged an everlasting attachment to one another. Of course, time and age separated them, but, as they had promised, both Adrian and Gareth appeared at Joanna’s debutante ball. Both danced with her and both proposed marriage. But Joanna Milford had always been madly in love with Adrian Delacourt, the handsome, captivating Duke of Roxbury. That was before she married him. That was before he showed his true colors when he accused her of unfaithfulness and dragged her name through the disgrace of public scandal. That was before she fled to Italy with their best friend, Gareth Sherwood, the Earl of Carew, who rescued her from the total ruin of her divorce by making her his wife.
Now Joanna had returned to England as a ravishing young widow and the mother of two sons – only to find nothing had changed . . .