Mr. Richard Harding is an eligible bachelor who has his heart set on marrying his lifelong friend and neighbor, Miss Georgiana Rowland. However, they have been good friends for so long that, when he finally screws up his courage and proposes to her, Georgie thinks he is merely teasing!
Georgiana has good reason to be so distracted. Her younger sister is about to be launched into society, and most of the work and worry falls on Georgie. Also, despite her mother's furious command, she has befriended the scandalous Lady Shipton, which brings both blessings and chaos to the Rowland family and to their kind uncle, Sir Henry. Worse for Mr. Harding, Lady Shipton's charming stepson takes a strong liking to Georgie.
Mr. Harding keeps proposing, again and again, while still trying to support Georgie in her trials. But is it possible for such a good friendship to turn into love?