A Duke renowned for breaking hearts and wild ways, who despises the lower classes, an innocent young woman, born to the merchant class, a chance meeting at a Masquerade Ball, a carriage accident, a snowbound Christmas, an irresistible love. Lucian Merryhew, the Duke of Hartswood, feels jaded and bored, his life nothing but an endless round of drink, gambling and womanizing. The responsibilities of his title weigh heavily on him, and life seems increasingly bleak. Miss Isabella Morton, born to the merchant class, but now accepted in society, because her brother has been made an Earl. Bright, strong minded, and frustrated by the way that society treats her, she is yet an innocent in so many ways. When they meet anonymously, behind masks, they connect immediately. When they meet in 'real life', he does not know her for the same woman, and despises her for her birth, without ever bothering to look further. Hurt, she despairs of ever being seen for herself. Then, fate takes a hand. and the snow ensures that he remains a at Miss Morton’s family estate, a house guest for Christmas. Will the joy of the Christmas season bring change? Can the Duke overcome his prejudices, and allow himself to see the real Isabella? Can Isabella overcome her hesitance, caused by past bad experiences, and express her real feelings? Or will Lucian's despair at the emptiness of his life lead to the ultimate separation?