On the eve of her wedding, Karey Marsden's fiance is killed, and her world seems to come to an abrupt end.
Bereft with grief, she is comforted by her father's friend, Dr Ralph Chesney. Some months later, she accepts his proposal of marriage, even though she does not love him, believing that for her love will always be just a sad memory.
But soon after the wedding, Karey finds herself irresistibly drawn to Dickon Farringham, her dead fiancé's double. And then she has to face up to an agonizing choice between her duty to a husband she can never love, and her passion for a man she loves too well.