They were united by a common hatred for one man, and brought together by a passion that neither one was expecting. Beautiful, headstrong Pilar Sandoval y Serna is desperate to escape the restrictive tyranny of her evil stepfather, Don Esteban. She is willing to forfeit everything for a chance at freedom. In her desperation, she turns to El Leon, a brooding nobleman impoverished by the malignant power of Don Esteban. Sharing their grudge, they enter into an alliance of convenience. Little does she know that the handsome brigand, El Leon, will lead her into a new sort of captivity. Pilar offers her entire dowry to El Leon in exchange for his loyalty and help. He plans to stage her kidnapping and eventual return to her beloved Aunt. However, before their plan reaches fruition, El Leon discovers that the dowry is a sham, and that Don Esteban is planning to kill them both. Not willing to settle for an empty trunk of fool's gold, El Leon is determined to get his money's worth out of Pilar...in any currency he chooses.