Regency country miss Arabella Curtis is lifted from an uneventful fate in an English watering place by her remarkable beauty and headstrong daring. She catches the eye of fabulously wealthy rake Neville Rossiter, of the most ultramarine blood, at a ball and dances with him five times, thus becoming irretrievably compromised--an offense she compounds by refusing to marry him. (She does not wish to give in to her attraction to him and resents his assumption that he can have her for the asking.) Her father's death, penury, and an unsuccessful stint as a governess change her mind in a jiffy. All is bliss on their honeymoon at his Welsh castle, Brhyadr (complete with the title swans), but not so hot at the horrible family estate in Sussex, where Neville appears to have installed an old mistress on Arabella's very doorstep. Naturally, Arabella denies him her bed, whereupon he batters down the door and rapes her. The fiend! Barbara Cartland's milieu, executed with a shade more aplomb than by that lady, but only a shade.