Charles Shadwell, Viscount Halstead, in a rage of hurt and disillusion at finding his wife-to-be as faithless as his first wife, slandered the good name of Nell Tallboys, Countess Malplaquet, by betting twenty thousand pounds that she was no more virtuous than any other woman! Only to learn next day; to his horror, that his father had been negotiating a marriage between them, unknown to either of the principals. Both Shad and Nell forcefully declined the honour, unaware they were to meet, in circumstances that neither could possibly have foreseen...
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