Sophie, a live-in governess, is astonished when a man shows up at the estate in the midst of a blizzard. It's Peter Vane, the earl she once loved. She left him eight years ago, after his father told her that Peter was to marry another woman. They've both created new lives for themselves-Sophie enjoys her quiet life and job, and Peter has a beloved wife and family. Sophie figures the best thing to do is to act as though this is their first time meeting. But then he corners her, demanding to know why she's acting like a stranger!