When the licentious Anthony Dalton inherits the care of his thirteen-year old niece and the family estate upon the death of his older brother and sister-in-law, he must forsake his wild ways - especially once his wicked aunt and uncle apply for custody of the young girl. To prove to the Chancery Court that he is a respectable guardian, Anthony wants to enrol Jocelyn into the prestigious Charlotte Harris School for Young Ladies. Mrs Harris is reluctant to let the former rakehell's niece attend her fine school, until teacher Madeline Prescott convinces her that Anthony could be an asset, giving the heiresses lessons on how to recognize the devious techniques of rakes and rogues. Madeline has an ulterior motive for helping Anthony, but as they spend more time together, passion grows between them. Will their steamy affair withstand the obstacles to true love?