Olivia Aberdeen finds herself widowed and destitute; her husband murdered. She's been extended an invitation to come live with 'Aunt' Elizabeth Harding, her mother's best friend and the mistress of the renowned Belle Meade Plantation. Olivia wonders what role she's expected to take once she arrives. Although she expects to be the housekeeper, she instead finds herself caring for 'Aunt' Elizabeth. While on the plantation she runs into a southern born son, Ridley Adam, who secretly fought in the Union. Why does Olivia feel so attracted to Ridley Adam and will he ever really notice her?