Nissa Gedhaul finds she can't support herself and her sister on a schoolmarm's salary. She sets aside her romantic riverboat fantasies to marry Chase Fortier, a handsome, young businessman willing to also accept her five year old sister. Blinded by a recent accident, Nissa learns Rafe Fortier, Chase's uncle, has arrived to escort her to the waiting arms of her intended groom.
Rafe's instant attraction to his nephew's blind fiancée set him at odds with himself. To compensate for the attention he can't bestow on Nissa, he lavishes fatherly attention on her little sister, Katie. Unknowingly, he wins both their hearts.
Nissa's first mistake was to believe Rafe's assurances of his nephew's love. Her second was to attempt independence, when she flees from the scandal of living under Rafe's roof, as evil forces are eager to send her to an asylum. With Katie in tow, Rafe and Nissa flee from the law. Her final mistake is to play the role of Rafe's wife hoping he will make the falsehood right. But, he is not ready to accept her as his own, not when she can't see the scars that cost him his first love.