Banished by her malicious stepmother, Lady Cranleigh, after the death of her father, Melita braves a long and lonely sea voyage from England to the Caribbean island of Martinique. With a heavy heart at leaving her childhood home. Her father has left her penniless and she has no choice but to comply with her stepmother?s bidding and accept her reduced circumstances with grace. As the ship sails ever closer to her destiny, Melita is determined to face her new life as a lowly governess to motherless little Rose-Marie. Arriving in the French colony, Melita is delighted to discover Martinique is a sun-drenched island blessed with beauty. She begins to believe that she can be happy again, especially when she meets the handsome and surprisingly young, Comte de Vesonne, her new employer.