When Captain Quint McQuade first noticed the unescorted female aboard his ship, he guessed right away that she was a rejected mistress being banished from the colonies. And since the curvaceous beauty was certainly no virtuous maid, the lusty seaman decided she was the perfect solution to a long, arduous voyage. Driven wild by the lady's tumbling black hair and soft shapely body, McQuade ignored her protests and heeded his needs - only to be shocked by the truth when it was too late. When vulnerable Rebecca Ranserford learned that her American fiancé' had died, she had no way to earn money in the New World but to indenture herself. And when the scurrilous buccaneer aboard her ship discovered her dire straits, he made sure to be the one who held her destiny in his hands. The blackguard awoke scorching, uncontrollable feelings in her and bent her to his will. Despite her surrender, Rebecca was forever proud - and swore she'd somehow escape the cad who seduced her.