Morgan has come home to Scotland after four years away. In that four years, his father died, and he married. Then, to the shock and dismay of his fellow peers and friends, he divorced his wife. Jean MacDonald is a maid at Ballindair Castle, Morgan’s home. She is trying to cope with the ruin of her life, having been one of The Murderer’s Daughters. Her physician father killed her mother in a mercy-killing, and Jean and her sister, Catriona, now work under their aunt - the housekeeper - as maids. Morgan and Jean clash immediately, then Morgan discovers that, of all the people at Ballindair, he can talk most easily to Jean. When they’re caught in an awkward situation, the housekeeper pleads for Morgan to remember his honor. Jean had been raised to be a good girl, and Morgan’s father was a national hero. In an act that surprises everyone, Morgan decides to marry Jean, even though she actively tries to convince him otherwise. She knows that unless she tells him the truth about her identity, their marriage will be unlawful, and she’ll be living in sin. To protect her aunt and sister from the consequences of such a revelation, she agrees to the union. Catriona isn’t happy about her sister being a countess, and creates havoc at Ballindair. Toward the last, she runs away with Morgan’s friend, Andrew, necessitating that Morgan and Jean go after her. At the death of a beloved member of Ballindair’s staff, Jean finally tells Morgan the truth, knowing that she will have brought greater scandal to his name than any divorce. He decides that there really will be a scandal unless she marries him and tells her that he’ll simply keep her with him as his live-in maid.