When your grandfather hails from medieval England and you've grown up on fairy tales of knights and castles, it's hard to find a modern-day guy who measures up.
Chloe Penelope Merriweather has decided, once and for all, to give up her belief in fairy tales. She's spending the summer before college traipsing around England, visiting the sights she's heard so much about.
But a tiny part of her wishes, with all her heart, that she too could travel through time, have a grand adventure, and meet her own knight in shining armor. And wouldn't it be perfect if she could actually meet one of the infamous Merriweather women?
But alas, fairy tales belong in books. So, she'll have to settle for enjoying the trip of a lifetime and close the book, once and for all, on childish dreams...or will she?
Richard alias Lord Bainford, otherwise known as the Beast of Bainford, just wants to be left alone. But children keep turning up at the gates; men come bellowing to fight the beast; and then, she appears out of the snow on a winter day. A beauty not meant for a beast such as he!