1818, twenty years after the marriage of Mr Darcy and Elizabeth Bennet in Pride and Prejudice, and the five daughters of Mr and Mrs Darcy have left the sheltered surroundings of Pemberley to spend a few months in London while their parents are abroad.
The sisters are assailed on all sides by the temptations of London, with its parties and balls, gossip and scandals, intrigues and schemes, not to mention the inevitable heartbreaks arising from moving among so many eligible – and ineligible – men. Letitia, the prim eldest daughter, frets and worries; the youngest of the sisters, musical Alethea, gets up to mischief, while the lovely twins, Georgina and Belle, flirt and frolic their way through the London season.
Post-Waterloo, the world is changing, but opportunities for women are limited, as lively, intelligent, independent-minded Camilla, the second oldest of Mr Darcy’s daughers soon realises, even while she is making her own discoveries about the delights and dangers of life in Town. Society, she quickly finds out, is unforgiving of those who transgress its rules. Nonetheless, in helping her cousin, Sophie Gardiner, who is engaged to moody, clever Alexander Wytton, sort out her tangled affairs, Camilla finds her own happy destiny where she least expects it.