Jacqueline Jeneč Tyler, a woman of mixed ancestry, is an account rep for JuneHart Publishing. Losing her parents at the age of sixteen was devastating, but she has come to terms with their loss. What Jacqueline has not come to terms with is her lifelong struggle to accept her heritage. Her grandfather is white, and his union with an African-American woman gave Jacqueline her fair skin, good hair and hazel eyes. It has also given her enough heartache to last a lifetime. As a result of the rejection, discrimination, ostracizing and violence she endured growing up because of her looks, Jacqueline tends to shy away from rather than face confrontation head on, unless backed into a corner. Hoping to spare her own children the anguish she suffered as a child, and believing it will help darken their skin, Jacqueline has made a vow to marry the darkest man she can find.
Henrico Patrick Augostini, of Italian descent, is the overindulged son of Nicholas and Katherine
Augostini. Born with the proverbial silver spoon in his mouth, he is the sole heir to a computer
software empire. As the only son of Nicholas Augostini, he has been raised to take over his
birthright: Augostini Software, the company his self-made, multimillionaire father spent his life
building, a birthright Henrico rejects, along with the command that he marry his father's hand-
picked bride and produce an heir. After working his way up the company ladder to president,
Henrico suddenly resigned his position to pursue his dream of starting an architectural firm and
fulfilling his own dreams and desires. A move that puts him at odds with his father.
Disillusioned, Jacqueline by a boyfriend's betrayal; Henrico by his father's deliberate attempt to ruin his newly started company, both set out on a mind-cleansing cruise in the Caribbean. Henrico sees Jacqueline, and the attraction is instant. Though their first meeting doesn't go as Henrico had hoped, Jacqueline is affected by his stunning good looks. But she knows in her heart that he is not what she is looking for in a man. She makes it clear that she has no use for the charming, if hard to resist, gorgeous Italian man who won't leave her alone. Undaunted, Henrico is determined not only to meet and get to know Jacqueline, but also to make her his wife.
Fourteen days of sun-kissed beaches, midnight moonlight, and the magic of romance-filled nights
wear away Jacqueline's resistance, and by the end of the cruise Henrico is sure that he has won her
heart. Though she has succumbed and fallen in love with Henrico, Jacqueline has doubts about
the acceptance of their relationship once they leave the ship. Henrico believes that love can
conquer all. However, friends and family say differently.
Can Jacqueline and Henrico resist the outside forces trying to tear them apart? Can they share a loving relationship in a nation that talks of, but does not practice the art of being color blind. Henrico believes they can. Now all he has to do is convince Jacqueline.