Caroline Tibbot is the daughter of merchants, and never expected to be married to a duke, much less the attractive, arrogant and brash Thomas Ecclestone, Duke of Durham. Sent to his estate against her wishes, Caroline still longs for her one dream to be fulfilled - to sail the oceans just as her parents did. Yet each day that she tries to escape her marriage is a day that shows her a new side to the young duke. In the end, she must choose between her dreams of adventure, and what many would consider a dream - being married to a handsome, rich duke who will giver her a life of luxury. Despite her stubbornness, she has been touched by the duke and must make the ultimate decision.