John Fairgate is torn by the fact that he’ll inherit the title of baron upon his uncle’s death. Especially given that his uncle insists that he give up ornithology and marry a childhood acquaintance. The first request, John will honor no matter how much he hates the idea. But marrying a shrew who makes his skin crawl, he simply cannot do. Meeting Miss Francesca Hartwell at the zoo has given him other ideas for a wife. But she’s not titled or wealthy. How will John be able to convince his uncle that she’s the woman of his heart?