In 1879, near the small northern California town of Ridgeway, Lilly
Warren is a young black woman who has recently lost her father. There is
little time for mourning, though, as the responsibility of running the
twenty-six acre farm now belongs to her. To make matters even more
complex, her father has deeded the house and the land to her in his will
with an interesting condition: that she share the land with a person
she's never met, or forfeit ownership.
Ricardo Benigno is a Spanish
captain of the Anna Juanita, a shipping vessel bringing spices and oils
to the shores of California. Seeking out the farm of his old friend
Leonard Warren, he discovers that the older man has passed away. To his
surprise, Ricardo has also been willed joint ownership of Warren land,
as long as he shares it with Lilly, Warren's only child.
attraction between them is instant, and they both agree that marriage is
the only acceptable way they can share the land. But can two people
from such different worlds learn to love each other, or will Lilly's
heart be broken if she dares to kiss the captain?