|| The bastard son of an English duke, Grayson Rhodes agrees to travel to America with a group of young rakes and rogues to make his fortune. Although he's surprised to learn that their leader's get-rich scheme involves hiring them out as Texas cotton field workers to replace men lost in the Civil War, Grayson is determined to succeed. Assigned to widow Abbie Westland's homestead, it isn't long before Grayson is as attracted to her strength and beauty as he is to the Texas landscape. The hard manual labor makes Grayson stronger but he soon loses his heart to the widow and her lovable children. However, Abbie's past haunts her and threatens the hope of a happy future with Grayson.