A short period of exquisite felicity followed, and but a short one. Troubles soon arose.
— Jane Austen
It was late summer 1812 when Fitzwilliam Darcy became engaged to Miss Elizabeth Bennet in Lambton. He believed then that nothing would ever diminish his happiness, believing fully that he loved and was loved in return. Alas his happiness was short-lived for only a few days after her departure from Pemberley Darcy received a letter from Elizabeth informing him she could not marry him. No explanation was given, though none could have been sufficient.
In October 1813, having spent months at Pemberley stewing in disbelief and anger, Charles Bingley invites Darcy to come to Netherfield. Bingley, now the husband of the former Miss Jane Bennet, have decided to leave Netherfield Park but will first hold one last gathering of friends there. Mr. and Mrs. Bingley insist that Darcy join them. Darcy is first tempted to refuse, but decides to go with the understanding that Elizabeth will not be there.
Darcy is already there when a letter arrives from Elizabeth telling them of her intention to come. He resolves to meet her with indifference, to disallow himself to express his pain and anger he feels towards her. He is determined that he will not demand answers to the questions which have plagued him for so long.
Elizabeth Bennet arrives at Netherfield reluctantly, knowing Darcy must hate her and feeling she is deserving of his spite. She is resolved to remain silent, to hold fast to the secret behind why she did what she did in late summer 1812. She has no expectation of Darcy’s forgiveness and no expectation of a rapprochement between them. Elizabeth’s dearest wish is to live a quiet life with her sister’s family.
Once they are together, however, it proves difficult to deny the deep emotion still between them. Anger, sorrow, and deep and abiding love prove to be a combustible mixture but will the secrets between them prove their undoing?