In faraway Spain, the fortune of Aurora Montalbán was foretold --- the exile from the home of her aristocratic ancestors, the journey to the steaming Amazon jungle of Peru, and at last, the love of a fiery, dark man. Now, on the centuries-old plantation called Esplendor, haunted by a tale of lost love and hidden gold stolen from the lost city of El Dorado (the Gilded One), the raven-tressed beauty awaits the swordsman and warrior she has seen in her dreams. His name is Salvador Rodriquez, but he is called El Águila (the Eagle); and after killing his stepfather in a deadly duel, he, too, must flee from his homeland. Will he travel to the Amazon jungle --- and there protect Aurora from the enemies who seek to destroy her? Will he love her with the promised passion --- wilder than the tropic storms and brighter than the most-precious treasure? Aurora does not know. She can only wait and hope --- until the moment when she spies Salvador standing on the steps of Esplendor and knows he has been her destiny since time's beginning.