Miss Lily Byrne is in London for one reason only: to marry a rich man. A proud and dazzling beauty from a family of impoverished Irish aristocrats, she desperately wishes to marry for love. But back in Ireland, her once wealthy family is now destitute, and depending on Lily's advantageous marriage to save them from the poorhouse.
Major Derek Knight is a distinguished cavalry officer in India, known for his daring in battle, his smart, bold leadership, and his roguish sense of humour, all of which have made him wildly popular with the ladies. But this tall, dark, and handsome rake has purposely kept his relationships casual. His military career is his life; he loves the thrill of it, always on the move, knee-deep in adventure, exhilarating brushes with death.
In London to drum up funds for a new military mission, Major Knight can't help but be taken with Lily, who is the talk of the town. Her aloof beauty and unattainable mystique has every man in London trapped in a frenzy of lust. Can Major Knight bring out the wild Irish rose that lurks beneath Lily's tamed, cool, obedient facade?