Philip Drake is the errant son of the Earl of Hastings. He has renounced the life his father and brother embrace so easily and is determined to steer his own path: namely, the gaming houses. Drake is proficient at games of chance, particularly dice and cards. While playing, Philip is noticed by Lady Susannah Messingham, a recent widow in dire financial straits. Susannah, nicknamed Sukey, seeks out Philip and requests his assistance in mastering the games. He reluctantly agrees, and an unlikely partnership is born. Though they both try to deny it, the sexual attraction between them is apparent.
Set in mid-18th century London, Fortune’s Son is a page-turning account of the lives of two people brought together by fate who attempt, sometimes feebly, to cling to each other through love. The use of minor characters to assist the plot and the details of setting are used very effectively. This is a very enjoyable read with a multi-dimensional (and, surprisingly, male) protagonist.