Young, beautiful and headstrong -- but old enough to know her own romantic mind -- Amanda ran away from her doting grandfather, who objected to her proposed marriage to a youthful, impecunious officer.
Fleeing alone across Regency England. Amanda soon crossed the path of handsome, cynical Sir Gareth, an "older man" whose interest in her was purely avuncular, since he had romantic problems of his own.
From their first disastrous meeting, the adventures and misadventures of the harassed protector and the unwilling protectee lead to romantic complications of a most tempestuous and unexpected nature.
Eventually Amanda gets the man she wants, and Gareth gets the woman he wants.