Langsford is back in England, and he has adjourned to his own estate, to escape the social Season in London and the many ladies who pursue this handsome widower. Not interested in marriage, he becomes mired in his own depression. His pastoral respite from the hectic city is interrupted by his own friends, who insist he return with them and be with them and their American fiancés. Dreading more balls and dinners, Langsford's mood is dark and angry. His relationship with Pelham is threatened and friendships with everyone are in jeopardy. He returns to London alone. There Langsford finds himself trying to untangle the unexpected murder of a friend, throwing him further into the depths of despair.
Uncovering clues, Langsford realizes that he is the prime suspect, and he’s not sure that that he isn’t guilty. Did he murder his friend? Will he will soon be arrested by Scotland Yard? But if he is innocent, then he must prove it, or face the arrest and trial. Romance, social class and money -- all three are woven into the tapestry of the plot Langsford must unravel before he, himself, is put on trial and executed.