Lady Alexandra Morley, an alluring widow, is desperate to devise a plan to reverse her fortunes. When fate lands her in the arms of Phineas "Finn" Burke, an attractive inventor, she despairs of ever getting what she needs...until they kiss.
Finn has always been impervious to the charms of the female species, intent only on perfecting his "horseless carriage" engine. He never dreamed he'd meet a woman like Alexandra, who is as stubborn as she is comely. Despite the brewing scandal, Finn longs to make Alexandra his wife, but he must first convince the maddening lady that their love is the only thing that matters.
Lady Alexandra Morley is in financial trouble, and tall, broad-shouldered, notoriously brilliant Phineas "Finn" Burke is the only one who can help. Her fortune is tied up in a machine works, and she hopes the famous scientist will give her information she can pass along to the failing company. Finn is wary of the dazzling widow's reputation for recklessness and seduction, while Alexandra's previous marriage taught her to protect her independence. In the remote countryside of 1890 Tuscany, Finn and Alexandra explore their mutual attraction as they work together on Finn's automobile invention. Their love affair unfolds against the backdrop of early automobile history, as enthusiasts all over Europe prepare for a race to show off their horseless carriages. Alexandra and Finn's friends provide an entertaining diversion (and setup for a sequel) as the main romance develops.