Jilted by her faithless fiancé and at risk of cruel gossip from the debutantes and dowagers of London society, life is not going as expected for beautiful Anthea Preston. Eager to leave the scandal behind, Anthea is heartbroken afresh when her beloved Mama dies of a sudden illness. So she is delighted when her indulgent Papa offers to raise her spirits with a Grand Tour of Europe. Intelligent as well as extremely lovely, Anthea is excited to see all the wonderful places that she has only read about. Whilst Anthea is away, she receives a telegram saying her father has unexpectedly married again and she has a new stepmother. To make things even worse, her stepmother seems intent on marrying her off to the first rich man who offers.