Cecilia Hatherleigh keeps many secrets in her shy and sweet heart. Her biggest secret is her unrequited love for Edward Amherst, the earl's son next door. Her love has persisted for many years, even when he was a bit of a rake. Despite his fondness for women, he never seems to see her as anything other than the quiet younger sister, and nothing Cecy does changes that. Instead of chasing after his unworthy love, she turns her focus toward living out her newly found faith instead. Now she is determined to follow God's prompting to make a better world for the poor and dispossessed around her.
A London riot alerts Edward to the responsibilities due his family name. It's time for him to turn his life around to please his noble father, and that means restoring his abandoned legal career and making a marriage of convenience. Neither goal will be a simple task, with his past and the prejudices carried by the upper echelons of society which he belongs.
Misadventure strikes at a house party, bringing these tow together as their lives are upended. If Cecy can't trust God, overcome her shyness, and find her inner strength, the good work they're doing may be for naught, and neither will find true love.