Edward Lindsay the hero drifts into Wales while losing his way on a journey from Bedfordshire to Middlesex! Seeking refuge in a cottage, he meets Laura and almost immediately proposes to her:
Their married life continues in this vein. While conventional heroes and heroines drift around expecting to survive on love and the generosity of others, Laura and Lindsay come up against reality. They try to live off the generosity of his friend Augustus, who steals from his own father (the money is 'gracefully purloined from his Unworthy father's Escritoire').