Captain Diego Montoya is working toward one goal - owning his own ship. His patron saint, Mary Magdalene,has a different idea -appearing to him in visions as compelling as they are troubling, she promises that true love awaits him. With no idea where or when he will meet the demure bide he's sure the saint has foreseen, Diego is certain of only one thing-the spirited Irish lass who winds up on his ship cannot be the woman he is fated to fall for. Bold, stubborn and hot-tempered Mary Kate O'Reilly is the victim of her granfather's cruel plan to marry her of to a shipbuider in Port Royal. She is a temptress determined to seduce Diego to escape her unwanted betrothal.