Susannah Hawthorne only planned to help Louisa Browning elope with her beau from Boston. Her father, Rev. Hawthorne, performed the short ceremony, and then Louisa and Theo headed for the train station.
Louisa's brother, blacksmith Michael Browning, saw it as betrayal. A lonely bachelor who found himself raising his siblings after the deaths of his mother, father, aunt, and uncle. Without Louisa, he is alone with no one to cook, clean, and care for his needs. He decides Susannah owes him a debt for her role in the 'escape' of his sister.
Susannah and her friend Rachel decide to find Michael a mate to allow Susannah to be released from the charitable bondage she has taken for Michael's sake. Will their matchmaking attempts succeed? Will Susannah, the beauty, fall for Michael, the beast?