A girl who was raised as "poor white trash" in turn-of-the-century Mississippi inherits a fortune and seeks to move up in New York society with minimal success. She becomes engaged to a down on his luck English earl whom her uncle/trustee doesn't like or trust. He hires a rakish duke to try to talk her into delaying or canceling the Wedding. Of course, the duke and deb end up fighting a losing battle against a fierce attraction. The author did a good job of writing the characters' backgrounds and motivations and making them believable. An enjoyable read.