Verity is a Regency Historical novel that begins in October 1813 and finishes two years later in November 1815. Verity Standford is a quiet and retiring school teacher from Bristol, who values her financial independence. When her father dies, she returns to her family home, with her younger sister. Upon her return, Verity discovers that her father's gambling debts, held by their neighbour, Lord Melrose, must be repaid. In return for cancelling the debts, he emotionally blackmails Verity into signing a contract to become a courtesan. The injured officer, Major James Mitford, who is still mourning the death of his Spanish wife, accepts an invitation from Stephan Ellington, to attend a house-party at Melrose’s estate. However, he is disgusted by the shameful behaviour of the guests. James initially meets Verity after his carriage has an accident just outside her residence. After a couple of weeks, Verity tells him about the contract. He is furious with Melrose and challenges him to a game of piquet. Eighteen months later, in the spring of 1815, James and Verity meet again in Brussels. But, can James overcome his family's scheming for his own future, and can Verity ever forgive herself for her sister's terrible situation?