Nicholas Wellington, the penniless Duke of Eastham, has no time to waste. Nick is determined to rebuild his family fortune, which had been reduced to practically nothing by the time it was left in his care. He needs a wife with a sizable dowry, preferably one with valuable business connections. Erica Campbell has all of those things. A partnership with Erica's father, Sir Linnus Campbell, would help Nick to build the shipping empire that he knew would save them all. Left with no choice, Nick takes matters into his own hands to ensure that the beautiful Erica becomes his wife. The Duke doesn't have time for emotions, he has an empire to build. Too bad Erica has plans of her own for the handsome Duke. She hopes to win his love...before it's too late.