The year 1883... In her sadness over the impending death of her dearest grandfather, a beautiful woman seduces a virile sea captain. Stricken with guilt over the loss of his beloved schooner, the sea captain allows himself to be seduced. No questions, explanations, names, promises exchanged, they take consolation where they can find it...in the unbridled use of one ather's body. Each successive foray into passion deepens their sexual exploration until their uninhibited acceptance of carnality equals only their absolute denial of love. For while Emmaline Valette is keeping unnecessary secrets and Captain Preston Redding harbors unwarranted suspicions, both are in the market to wed someone else, someone the exacting standards of society will find infinitely suitable. And entirely wrong for themselves.