Madeleine has been brought up on the rough, tough streets of eighteenth century Paris. With revolution in the hot summer air, the destitute laundry-maid can't resist trying on an extravagant costume liberated from a high class shop during a riot. Meeting her by accident, English gentleman Philip Adamson jumps to the wrong conclusion. Thinking she is an aristocratic young lady in danger from the mob, he sweeps her to safety. Streetwise Madeleine sees a chance to sweet-talk her way into the job of her dreams as companion to Philip's mother. She finds it difficult to keep up the pretence of being a lady, but Philip has his own secrets. When an old scandal resurfaces, loyalty to his family gets Philip thrown into prison. And while Philip's good manners wouldn't let him seduce Madeleine in her guise of innocent young aristocrat, how will he react when her scheming gets him released, and she is forced to confess that she has been living a lie?
Lady Rascal first appeared in hardback and paperback versions, under the pen name Polly Forrester.