Fredericka Mercedes Hildebrand Ware ("Frede" to her friends) is a 28-year-old woman, who lives in an exclusive community of the rich and famous in Willow Creek, Texas. In a society (called the Junior League), appearances are everything, and rumors, as well as uncouth behavior are not allowed. Unfortunately, Frede's life takes a drastic turn when her lawyer husband, Gordon, runs off with another woman with all of Frede's money, leaving the young socialite in a mess that all but sees her going to the poor house. In a desperate move to regain her status, she employs the help of an 'unacceptable/flashy' lawyer by the name of Howard Grout (who does have a great record of accomplishment for winning cases). Unfortunately, for Frede, Howard's terms involve Frede getting his unconventional (and definitely not League material) wife into the exclusive society. Frede will have to do all she can to see that Nikki Grout gets in, although trouble and romance with the dashing Sawyer (an artist with a secret of his own) eventually come in the way.