Her fathers ill-fated ventures land Dulcie Dawn Blessing in London's notorious debtors prison. In a desperate scheme to win her freedom, she consents to marry a stranger...for a day. Down on his luck but ever a gentleman, Crispin West agrees to oblige a lady in need, even if it means playing the groom in a mock wedding. But flustered by the unexpected loveliness of his bride," Crispin signs the marriage certificate with his true name, Viscount West of Darnley Hall.
Then Crispins fortunes are miraculously recovered, allowing him to proceed with his plan to marry Societys darling, Lady Charlotte Barrington. But the very night he is to ask for her hand, Dulcie appears at his doorstep. Their marriage certificate, legally binding with Crispins signature, has disappeared and may have already fallen into the hands of rogues intent on mischiefor worse.