He called her disparagingly a 'flirt and a rattle'. She was a wealthy widow looking for adventure. He was a young Jew, twelve years her junior but willing to play. Neither of them knew then that one day he would say, 'I owe this lady all'. Queen Victoria called the new Mrs Disraeli 'vulgar' but created her a Viscountess. Their love story threads its way through Victorian society -- dazzling, powerful and exciting -- and ends amongst the beech trees of Buckinghamshire. We meet the great people of that age: see them through the sharp, amused eyes of an eccentric, one time little milliner whose love created a great prime minister and a great statesman.