When Matilda's father retires due to ill health, the family's new life in Much Winterlow falls into reduced circumstances. To make ends meet, Matilda applies to be Dr. Henry Lovell's receptionist. She does her best to ignore the instant attraction she feels for him. It wouldn't do to dream of marrying the boss--especially when Henry is already engaged to the haughty Lucilla. But Matilda still thinks she'd suit Henry better...and it looks like he might agree!