Oliver Denton is a young gentleman with a shrouded and tragic past. After becoming the ward of socialite Sir Eccleston and making fast friends with the dashing Lord James Ashenby, their future finally looks bright.
When Lord Ashenby invites Denton to spend the summer at his country manor, they cannot refuse the opportunity. As they grow closer with the people around them, concealing their past and who they are grows more difficult - especially around the bold and unusual Miss Anne Ostenby.
Denton must decide whether they continue to hide themself, or at long last brave the consequences of emerging into the light. Is there true happiness in either choice?