In the quaint village of Preston Baily, in Kent, Martina Bradshaw sadly loses both her caring mother and beloved father; a talented musician who had unfortunately never managed to achieve the critical acclaim he so deserved. Martina must now find a way of making enough money to pay Mrs. Amos the cook and Lily the housemaid. Martina sells much of her Father's Music Memorabilia to her neighbour, Sir Alexander Palmer, who suddenly starts to show a keen interest in Martina's welfare. Another neighbour, the handsome Earl of Westfield, has a ten year old half-sister, Lady Anne, who is a difficult child and has been impossible to teach music to. So Martina agrees to teach Lady Anne herself and she soon gains her trust.
In the meantime one of her mother's old friends, Mrs. Elizabeth Carrington, invites Martina to a party in London where she lovingly plays her father's tunes on a piano and a music publisher promises to issue them.
When the Country Fair comes to Preston Bailey, everyone in the neighbourhood is drawn to the spectacle including the Earl and Lady Anne. It is a happy day, although trouble is brewing for Martina. How Lady Anne goes missing in a dreadful stormy night and is found in the Earl's maze by Martina, only to lose her again. How Lady Anne is rescued from a raging river and Sir Alexander Palmer's true intent towards Martina is revealed. And how Martina and the Earl find the love they have both been seeking is told in this fast-moving romance by BARBARA CARTLAND.