An officer in the East India Trading Company, Matthew Beresford has made a life a world away from England and his father's malevolence. Now it's time for Matthew to return home. There he finds Miss Imogen Priestley, who's worked tirelessly to save the Thornfield estate from ruin. Cold and aloof, Matthew gradually thaws as he begins to imagine a new life, with Imogen. But he's torn, the blistering heat of India will wilt his English rose, unless he can vanquish his demons and find his home at last with her.