After a successful honeymoon and much procrastination, Lord and Lady Baugham bow to the inevitable and fulfill their obligation to travel to Cheshire and his lordship’s family seat of Cumbermere. What they find is a neglected and unloved estate where old grudges fester and current rivalries breed, but in their efforts to breathe life into the crumbled house and the grounds, Cumbermere Castle proves to be a more than formidable adversary. A chance discovery thwarts their intentions to leave as soon as possible, revealing a family mystery that turns back the clock and forces them both to deal with the past as well as their future together.