In 18th century England, a woman's role is to be a wife, and a mother - something which holds no appeal for the brilliant and clever Elizabeth Searson.
When Elizabeth's mentor dies unexpectedly, leaving his apothecary to her, she discovers that she must marry in order to claim her inheritance.
Threatened by bankruptcy, Elizabeth begins a double life by dressing as a man and quickly learns the perks of being male. Under her alias, Elizabeth soon discovers that she is quite popular with the ladies, and finds herself under a particular lady's spell; a shy Irish girl by the name of Merrill.
Will Elizabeth dare to reveal her true gender to Merrill and risk losing her beloved apothecary?
(Approx 50,000 words. Contains mature content)