The heroire marries by proxy to a cruel hard man that she finds revolting to say the least. The Countess Christiane Bouchard is fleeing the French revolution and she finds herself on Saint Domingue married to a stranger. Upon arriving she witnesses her husband (Eitenne) brutally beating one of his slaves. She also finds herself attracted to her husbands plantation overseer. The overseer is a man by the name of Reid and he was on his way to a penal colony for the murder. However he is innocent of the crime. During a revolt on the plantation Eitenne is killed. Reid escapes and takes Christiane with him. They go to New Orleans and pretend to be a married couple. Of course during their time together they fall deeply in love. However a surprise is in store for them and a nasty one at that. I do not want to give away the entire plot but it appears the Eitenne is still very much alive and very angry with his wife, but Reid has no intention of losing Christiane and he will fight to keep her. You will have to read the book to find out what is in store for the lovers.