Even after overcoming social stigmas, prejudices, and presumptions, of the early 1800s three people are most threatened when they nearly sabotage their romances from within.
When Lord Nicholas Thornton returns home after the war, he is content to shut himself off from the world. But his solitude doesn't last long. The local vicar's daughter, Christina Wakelin, climbs his tree to rescue a cat and falls right into his arms! Nicholas's hope of quiet seclusion is further dashed when he is given his late brother's baby to raise. Enlisting Miss Wakelin's aid in his search for a nanny, he soon finds himself on the receiving end of her efforts to share God's love with him.
Katherine Montbatten has suffered deep humiliation because of her broken engagement to Nicholas Thornton, the Earl of Kenswick. Ostracized by members of the elite she and her cousin Theodora conspire to exact revenge upon the Thornton family. But Katherine doesn't count on falling in love with Thomas, younger brother to Nicholas.
Helen Nichols is trapped in a web of deceit. When the love of her life, Trent "North" Kent arrives in her town after an accident and doesn't remember who he is, Helen desires to keep him in the dark. After all, he just might fall in love with her, if he isn't bound by his social standings as a duke. North believes he is a Scottish pastor named Hamish Campbell, yet he can't help but feel something is wrong. He can't write a sermon. He certainly can't preach!