As the Season of 1899 comes to an end, the world is poised on the brink of an irrevocable change. The Earl of Dilberne is facing serious financial concerns. Lord Robert can see no relief to an already mortgaged estate. His thoughts turn to securing a suitable wife (and dowry) for his son. The arrival on the London scene of Minnie, a beautiful Chicago heiress with a reputation to mend, seems the answer to all their prayers.