Gideon Cole doesn't have a title or wealth. He's a barrister with a soft side who takes on too many clients who can't pay him. But he does have extraordinarily good looks and irresistible charm. He also has a Master Plan-to marry the Lady Constance Clary, who comes with fortune, ambition, and that precious title he so desperately wants. When the beautiful, impoverished Lily Masters picks his pocket one day, he can't help but take notice of her aquamarine eyes, heart-shaped lips, and golden freckles. She runs away before Gideon can say anything, but the next day he sees Lily again, this time as she's been caught picking the pocket of a wealthy gentleman who demands that she be carted off to prison. Gideon comes to the rescue, buying the man's silence and inadvertently ending up the custodian of a pickpocket!Lily moves into Gideon's house with her young sister Alice and shocks Gideon with her highbrow speech and gentle ways. Gideon and his friend Kilmartin decide to pass Lily off to society as Kilmartin's cousin, in an attempt to make Constance jealous enough to finally commit to marrying Gideon.But Gideon's Master Plan may not be playing out the way he wanted it to. In addition to inciting Constance's jealousy and her desire to marry, he finds himself falling in love with the lovely pickpocket Lily.