A banished Lord returns home, only to be saved from a shipwreck by a fisherman's daughter.
Banished to the continent for kissing another Lord, LORD RUPERT STANMORE returns home after his father's death to claim the title of Earl of Stanmore. His ship is wrecked in a storm, and he washes up on a beach in Spain, only to be rescued by a beautiful woman. As the Earl, he has an obligation to marry. He'd rather be hung for sodomy than allow his mother to choose his bride, and who better to annoy his proper and distant mother than a poor foreigner as a bride? She is a convenient bride.
He doesn't expect to fall in love with her.
Fisherman's daughter SOFIA LUCIANA RIAL taught herself to read English from books washed up on their beach, a skill her widowed Father sees as pointless. When a man washes up on the beach near their cottage, she realises he might be her ticket out of poverty. She sets about to make him fall in love with her so he can take her to England where she will never again have to worry about where her next meal will come from.
Her plan fails when she falls in love with him. But can she convince him that her love is real?