Margaret Trumown was excited to arrive in New York for the winter holiday after what she had been through in St. Louis. Now after a devastating engagement that ended and ruined her chances of a good marriage, she was with her prominent aunt in a well-to-do part of Manhattan. She expected a good winter get away and to marvel at the lights of the modern city in the year 1901; however, what really happened was more than she ever thought possible. After a bold and gorgeous gentleman, Bailey Wilcox, comes up to her at the theatre and makes sensual statements to her, she is sure that he must be scoundrel. However, he turns out to be her neighbor. He tricks her aunt into letting Margaret on a New York carriage ride that changes everything between them and threatens to ruin Margaret forever – that is unless Bailey Wilcox does his duty as a gentleman. It is something that Margaret doubts because she has already been through one engagement that had ended in disaster, and she is not one to believe the empty promises of men. She knows that her wantonness has put her into this mess, but she is a lustful woman who has no control over her own desires.