She felt an affinity with the brides of the past. Condor de Vivaz welcomed Abbey Temple to his Valley D'Oro home in the Amazon with a warning: " I'm even harder to fool than your erstwhile fiance, who deserves to be congratulated for his escape from selfish charmer. " The family fortune had been squandered-but without Abbey's knowledge-to attract a man of substance. And Condor blamed Abbey for her aging aunt and uncles precarious financial footing. Yet he defended his family's traditional purchasing brides from bankrupt aristocrats to insure the survival of the gold-rich Vivaz dynasty!