When Charlotte Brumidge is caught indiscreetly kissing a man in a park, her Geordo-the protective patriarch of the Brumidge family-sends her off to a country manor to stay until the scandal in town subsides. Soon after Charlotte's banishment begins, she is shocked to learn that her neighbor Benedic Farningham, the devilish Viscount Strathmere, has been killed in his bed. But she is even more stunned to discover the dangerously handsome "victim" taking refuge in her lingerie closet one night. By some miracle Benedic has survived his attack-and wishes the world to believed him dead. Can the alluring Lady Charlotte keep his secret? Benedic uses all his masculine charm to persuade her as they work together to unmask his enemy. Of course, being caught sheltering a scoundrel could further mar Charlotte's already tarnished reputation. But, really, what's a little scandal to a lady in love?