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.