Sara Kenton, the adopted daughter of a clergyman, teaches at Barchester Hall but cannot approve of the harsh regime imposed there by her sister, Ruth. To escape a marriage to a man she neither likes nor trusts, Sara runs away, taking one of the most vulnerable children with her. She makes her way to Winchester Park, determined that the duke will hear a firsthand account of the irregularities at Barchester Hall and put a stop to them.
Max is bewitched by Sara’s beauty and fierce determination to protect the children. Satisfied that she is the abandoned child he has been asked to find, Max fears for her safety when it becomes apparent that someone with influence wants Sara silenced – permanently. Who is she? Who is abducting orphans from the foundling home? And can Max and Sara, two people with such diverse backgrounds, possibly find happiness in one another’s arms?