'I've a feeling you'll soon rue this day...' These are the fateful words Sarah Markham's father utters after she throws herself between the convict lashed to the ship's mast and the captain's whip. Transported to Australia for crimes against the Crown, Dominic Gallagher has been labeled a troublemaker. No humor lightens his handsome face; everything about him looks dark, deliberate, and dangerous. But independent, feisty Sarah can't bear to see any man flogged to death. She insists that her father buy this young Irish rebel and bring him back to their ranch. Here a forbidden passion will begin to blossom between Dominic and Sarah. And here a twist of fate will sweep them together as an indentured man risks everything for freedom-and his mistress risks everything for love.