She’s a little snotty at first, taken with her own consequence. Caroline Hatherleigh is a viscount’s daughter, after all, a lady of the English ton during the Regency era. Visiting the Devonshire coastal area, she meets a young lady somewhat lower on the social ladder. But this generous, friendly woman, Emma Kirby, shines with a serenity Caroline cannot understand. Captivated by Emma’s peacefulness, Caroline is drawn into friendship with her. Emma’s husband, Gideon, is a paleontologist eager to explore the shoreline caves, seeking a unique fossil that will catapult his science, and his reputation, to the next level.