It is Christmas, and all is not well with the Malorys. As the family gathers at Haverston to celebrate together, black sheep James and his wife Georgina have some unresolved differences, while eldest brother Jason - the Marquess of Haverston - remains unable to convince Molly, the love of his life and mother of his only son, to marry him. And in the midst of the turmoil, a mysterious present arrives that will dramatically affect the lives of all the Malory family. The gift is an old journal - a tender and tempestuous account of the love affair between Christopher, the second marquess, and an enigmatic dark beauty named Anastasia. The story confirms a long-held family suspicion that their grandmother was, indeed, a gypsy. And as the magical snow adorns the landscape and festive spirits soar, there is a miraculous blossoming of romance which echoes the passion of that long-ago love affair, in this season of peace and giving and love.