Caroline had never imagined that anyone would want to marry her. After all, she wasn't pretty or clever in any way. But the imposing Professor Radinck Thoe van Erckelens did propose to her and, having speedily fallen in love with him, she accepted. However, Radinck was clear about what he wanted in a wife - a convenient hostess! Caroline could settle into that role. Or she could rise to the challenge of changing Radinck's feelings for her.