The knives are out for George, Prince of Wales, when he ascends to the regency. The Carlton House Cartel, a coterie of younger aristocratic sons, is dedicated to protecting Prinny from those out to manipulate him or undermine his authority.
When George entertains a Prussian delegation, Lord Eli Scott, equerry and adviser to the prince, suspects that Lord Talbot is secretly working against British interests by destabilizing the vital negotiations taking place at the Vienna Congress. His fears intensity when he discovers that Talbot is on the point of becoming engaged to the Prussian ambassador’s daughter. Attracted to Mila Kruger himself, Eli now has personal reasons to foil such an unsuitable union.
Lord Jonas Dayton, universally known as Chance, runs a fashionable gaming club in central London. When Sabine Kendal seeks his help to find her sister’s missing husband and it becomes apparent that Talbot is central to her problems too, Chance senses a conspiracy.
Working with Eli and Chance, Sabine finds herself mixing with royalty and grappling to understand what Talbot’s interest in her affairs could possibly be. Will she find Nancy’s husband? Will Eli be able to save Mila, the lady who has come to mean so much to him, from marriage to a man of Talbot’s ilk? And what of the attraction that has spontaneously sprung up between Chance and Sabine…