In the Highlands of Scotland in 1904, seventeen-year-old Bella Gordon and her family are leaving for America. At their joyous farewell party, Bella meets the charismatic yet shy Sir David Rennie, and it's love at first sight.
Despite the emotion-charged encounter, Bella and her family embark as planned on their voyage across the Atlantic the following morning, seemingly separating the young couple.
But meanwhile, Sir David learns that his father has fallen victim to a shady business deal involving a silver mine in America. Tasked by his father to investigate the mine, salvage the investment and save the estate, Sir David hastily embarks for America-unknowingly boarding the same ship as Bella.
People in power, vulnerable young women: aboard the ship, Bella is plagued by the deplorable advances of Wilhelm Lederbeiter, the chief steward. When Sir David catches Lederbeiter in the act of assaulting Bella, Sir David and Bella vigorously and effectively thwart the blackguard's intentions.
Despite their triumph, Bella and Sir David soon find that Lederbeiter's connections run deep. Upon arrival in America, Bella is kidnapped to and imprisoned in a brothel run by the Lederbeiter family. With life and love on the line, Sir David must rescue Bella-and bring down the Lederbeiters and their unseemly operation at all costs.
About the Author
Doug Godsman spent the first twenty-two years of his life in Scotland before moving to North America. An avid traveler, Godsman has trekked through fifty-five countries (so far), experiencing adventures and encountering people and customs that have inspired his continuous awe and appreciation. Godsman resides in northwest Arkansas, enjoying writing and his writing group, golf and family life, not necessarily in that order.