No matter how hard she tries to help, Rebekah Cummings always ends up causing more problems than she solves. This time, though, things will be different. She'll find a way to pay her family's debts, even if doing so requires leaving her beloved town of Eagle Harbor. Maybe then her family will start treating her as a woman capable of making her own choices.
Gilbert Sinclair is going to marry an heiress. With his latest business venture sunk at the bottom of Lake Superior, he needs money to replace the steamship he lost. He heads to Chicago where his father's business connections should land him a suitable wife. Like most things in his meticulously planned life, everything goes as expected—until he discovers Rebekah Cummings working as the new cook on his ship.
Rebekah well remembers the pain she endured the last time she tried trusting Gilbert, and Gilbert can't afford to pursue the love of a working-class woman. But they can't stop forgotten feelings swirling between them—or ignore the sacrifices they'd both have to make in order to be together. Do Rebekah and Gilbert have the strength to face their past mistakes and forge a happy future for themselves?