A lost fortune, a desperate father, Julia Darnley must run or she will be wed to a man she despises.
On the Good Ship Warwick Julia makes friends with 5 women who are also traveling to the New World to be brides. They are practical, and realize that this may not be a romantic marriage. All they want is security and some small freedoms. Julia is different, she knows she must have love.
When George Guthrie proposes, Julia believes she has found what she hoped for. Tall, broad, and successful he is just about the most handsome man she has ever seen. Only George has been roughened by his solo life and is finding his habits hard to break.
As Julia begins to fall for her husband, she is hurt that he would push her away so much. Has she escaped one terrible marriage only to end up in another?