Thea Mottram is having a bad month. She's been let go from her job and her husband has decided to leave her. When she learns a distant uncle in Scotland has passed away, leaving her his home and antique book collection, she decides to leave Sussex for a few weeks. Almost instantly, Thea becomes enamored with the quaint cottage. The locals are just as inviting. The only person she can't seem to win over is bookshop owner Edward Maltravers but bickering with Edward proves oddly exciting. As she follows an impulse to stay in Scotland, Thea realizes her new life may become just as complicated as the one she was running from.