The beautiful Lady Eleta Renton returns from France where she has stayed at the Convent School in Paris. Because her mother has married again after becoming widowed, and then she also died, Eleta is in no hurry to come home. When she arrives back in London, rather sad at leaving the Convent School, she is horrified when her stepfather, whom she never liked, tells her that she is to marry the Duke of Hazelware, because he is important to him in his business of shipbuilding and the Duke requires a wife with money. As she had never even seen the Duke, Eleta protests violently, especially when she learns her intended husband is over 50, but her stepfather informs her that he is her guardian by law until she is 21, and that will not be until the end of the year. She learns from her mother’s maid, Betty, that there is an agency nearby where she might be able to find a position as a secretary or a governess. The only work available is with the Marquis of Teringford, who has a badly behaved child of nine.
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