After a rocky start upon discovering his stowaway, Ian warms to Sarah's presence in his life during the voyage home from New York. Her sense of adventure and unwavering love for family forces Ian to embrace her love and the possibilities of a future with her at this side. Sarah shows Ian that running from destiny is more difficult than accepting fate, and every day spent not accepting and loving those who love you is a day wasted.
Ian Ross-Mackeever doesn't believe in family. His own father sends him away when he is a boy to live in a different country with his grandfather who despises him and aunts who don't know what to do with him. He is immediately sent away to school where he becomes friends with Lucky Gualtiero, a young man whose family is everything Ian's is not.
Lady Sarah Halden stows away on the wrong boat when she thinks to enter a sailing race with her brother. She lands in the company of Lucky's business partner, Ian Ross-Mackeever, heir to the Earl Mackeever. Sarah finds the gruff captain handsome and desires him in ways she'd never wanted a man before. With the help of a salacious little book filled with erotic images, Sarah decides to seduce her captain. At the halfway point of the race, instead of simply letting her return home with him, Lucky forces Sarah and Ian to marry.