Here, within a long series of Regency romances and romps, the whole action is kept on the Kentish coast and activities of the ""free traders"" complicate the situation facing the inhabitants of Darracott Place. The old lord is acknowledging his rightful heir, Hugo, but is determined to lick him into shape so that he may support the character of a gentleman. Hugo, with his bulk, his smothering Yorkshire accent and locutions, and his instructions to marry his cousin, Anthea, whose temper and tongue put him in his place, is the catalyst who keeps his two beau monde cousins, Vincent and Claud, on guard for his gaucheries, his younger cousin Richmond almost ready for hero worship, and his other relatives in a state of utter incomprehension. When it is revealed that Hugo is neither an impostor nor a usurper, that his speech and education can pass muster, and that his fortune is considerable -- he still has not won recognition. His handling of young Richmond's rebellion against the old lord's restrictions- by a play that hoaxes the Riding officer of the Customs Land Guard ready to prove a smuggling charge- proves to the Family that his caprices have wisdom behind them and Anthea happily capitulates to her destiny. This fancy moves lightly and with a flourish.