When the Duke of Barningforde was told by his second son, Alastair, that he had married an actress in Paris without his approval, he exiled Alastair from England with only a very small allowance. His wife, Grace, actually came from a good Scottish family and was not an actress, but had a fine soprano voice and sang with a famous French orchestra. But the Duke would not listen and Alastair and Grace never again set foot in their homeland. They were blessed with a daughter, Kayla, who was well educated, thanks to Grace’s efforts after Alastair’s untimely death. Then Grace dies and Kayla, now 18, is left all alone in the world. She returns to England and throws herself on the mercy of her grandfather, the duke. Grudgingly, the duke takes her in, and then arranges her marriage to Viscount Roth, son of the Earl of Rothwoode. To distance himself from his father, the bridegroom sets off for Nepal with his new bride.