Impoverished Susannah Garland is in love together with her dashing cousin, Miles Devereux. Fearing for her life by the hands of her ruthless uncle, she flees when Miles is forced to marry into money. Her skill as a dressmaker is all she has to continue to exist, and she is soon employed by London’s foremost house of style where her brilliant designs are soon noticed. Then chance flings her into Miles’s arms again, but this time he wants her to turn out to be his mistress. Susannah also encounters the dangerously attractive Sir Jeffrey Stratton, who despises the Devereux circle of relatives. Her heart quickens when he proposes to set her up, but he does not be offering the affection she yearns for. As a substitute, he wants to finance Miss Garland’s New House of Fashion.