Although her sister has become the wife of the lord's heir, Freda is merely a dairymaid. Content with her lowborn status, she ignores the scorn of Sheridan, the lord's second son – until he directs it at her sister.
Her fiery defense intrigues Sheridan, who pursues her despite her rebuffs. Freda knows no good can come of his interest, and she refuses to admit her growing attraction to him. Undeterred, the young lord will go to any means to have her, including abduction.