After the tragic death of his parents, a young heir is drawn back to his ancestral home in England. The responsibility of assuming his family's vast holdings draws young Geoffrey into a hornet's nest embezzlement, arson, and murder. He finds that outsiders are not welcome in the small coastal town of West Brighton and soon attracts enemies. Life in his beloved Shearing Manor is rapidly becoming a mix of intrigue, lies, and deceits. While visiting the lovely coastal town one day, Geoffrey encounters a very striking young lady. Standing at a good six feet tall, this shy librarian finds the attractive young man both interesting and puzzling. Her new emotions are something she has never dealt with before, and she seeks to hide from them. Abbigail Farworthy has been told that she will never have the opportunity to marry and have a family like normal women would because she towers over most men and she is too thin and too geeky. Abbigail had resigned herself to her fate but now struggles to find herself and her purpose in life while constantly running into this handsome yet troubling Yankee from America. Does Abbigail find herself while Geoffrey is nearly beaten to death? Does Inspector Holyoke solve the mystery at West Brighton Industries in time? Can Geoffrey repair the damage done to the company and heal the employees? Can a simple English country girl find love with an American who by now has been uncovered as Geoffrey Shearing, Lord of Shearing Manor, by his fiancée from New York?