A Southern beauty born and bred, Nell Pennington can't bear the thought of losing the majestic Kentucky horse farm she calls home. So when Derrick Gentry miraculously turns up and offers to buy the note on the farm in exchange for the use of her prize thoroughbred, Nell can't refuse. But what the sheltered country girl doesn't know is that soon there won't be anything she can deny the handsome riverboat owner, including love. Powerful and relentless, Derrick Gentry comes to River Run for one reason -- revenge. He'll do anything to win the prestigious Kentucky Derby and humiliate his long-time enemy. But when he finds himself torn between vengeance and the woman he loves, Derrick has to choose which victory will be the sweetest.