Finding himself the man of the family, and with no other options, London dancing master Alec Valcourt moves his mother and sister to remote Devonshire, hoping to start over. But Alec is stunned to learn the village is controlled by a wealthy widow who has prohibited all dancing, for reasons buried deep in her past.

Alec finds an unlikely ally in Miss Julia Midwinter, the widow’s daughter. While initially wary of Julia’s reckless flirtation, he comes to realize her bold exterior disguises a vulnerable soul — and a hidden sorrow of her own.
Julia Midwinter is instantly intrigued by the handsome dancing master — a man of whom her mother would never approve. She cannot fathom why he would leave London — or why he evades questions about his past.
Together, can Alec and Julia bring new life to this quiet village — and to one woman’s hardened heart?