This has to be one of the most dashing of all Heyer's heros...I am, of couse, ladies, talking about Sir Richard Wyndham, Corinthian, his only vice drink, and on a night being a trifle foxed, after realsing his whole family has almost arranged a marriage between himself and Miss Brandon, he sees a pretty young girl, Penelope Creed, climbing out of a window dressed as a boy, fleeing from her own famly who also entertain ideas of her marrying her fish faced cousin.
What's a well- bred gentleman to do other than offer to escort her to where she wants to go?
What they dont plan on is stumbling into a situation, or an 'adventure' as Pen likes to call them, which takes a sinister turn. What Wyndham certainly doesn't count on is falling in love with young Pen, even if she does, for the meantime, dress like a boy.
The ending is truly delicious, with Wyndham getting some timely advice and going after Pen and making her realise he loves her as much as she does him...and so ends the book, and our hopes of ever finding a chap to live up to him.