When her father suddenly dies, pretty young Katherine Eldridge feels her world has come crashing down, with only her impending marriage to look forward to. But when that family realizes that Katherine is, in fact, penniless, Katherine’s fianc? abandons her. And to make matters worse, she’s pregnant.
Labeled incorrigible, Katherine and her tiny son are sent to live with a wealthy family friend, Forrest Wyndham, a dashing entrepreneur whose own personal loss has hardened him to the foolishness of others. Determined to "reform" Katherine from her "disobedient" ways, Forrest Wyndham imposes a framework of strict rules and consistent discipline on his female charge. Over her guardian’s knee, Katherine quickly learns it is his way or no way.
But both are in for a few surprises. As Forrest comes to know his young charge, he comes to realize that his initial assumptions about her character may not be correct while she discovers that he has a few secrets of his own. Throw in a meeting between Katherine’s opportunistic mother and Forrest’s sadistic, manipulative brother and a plot unfolds that threatens to shake Wyndham Hall to its very foundation.
Set in late 19th century America.