In Victorian England, a lady’s reputation was everything. One wrong step could dash all prospects of a suitable marriage and consign a young woman to spinsterhood.
Such is the fate awaiting Lucy Farquar, the main character in Alice Liddell’s “The Harlot Bride,” until she attracts the attention of Lord Edward Tazewell. He’s determined to have Lucy, bad reputation and all. But when Lucy assumes becoming the wife of a Lord is enough to make her a Lady, she finds herself facing a rude awakening at the hands of a man who thinks respect is only earned through obedience, and obedience only through punishment.