Laurel Goodknight had never had a conventional childhood, in spite of her parents being proper members of the Bath ton. The only thing that she does well and brings her any sense of worth is painting. So when her parents discuss sending her back to… that place, well, she cuts her hair, dons men’s clothing and makes a break for London. Accosted on the way by rambunctious young rakes on a lark, she loses the address to the only safe place she knows in London. Contrite for their actions and unaware of her sex the men take Lawrence Godwin under their wing and so begins Laurel’s new life. All looks to be fine, except for Beau.