In a glimpse into their new marriage, we see Morgan's love for Hetty's goodness and purity. He has forfeited his inheritance to marry her. For years, gossip fanned the fantasy that the wealthy and accomplished Morgan was destined to wed Katrinka Wallace. It was also the wish of their fathers, long time friends and business partners.
On board ship, Hetty saves the life of a Japanese man who is taking his reluctant daughter to Tokyo for an arranged marriage. Hetty consoles the young woman who pines for a boyfriend she left behind.
Hetty learns Morgan's long-admired mentor will serve with him on the governor's ethics committee. She has no choice but to tell Morgan of a past encounter. Morgan’s reaction leads Hetty to fear he now thinks less of her.
And who poisoned the rich old man at their table aboard ship? Is it the woman secretly married to him? Maybe the artist courting her, or the woman’s son, who is playing cupid between his mother and the artist.
When newspapers report their marriage may be invalid, they decide to stay apart until it is resolved. Hoping to take advantage of his single status, Morgan’s former fiancée Katrinka arrives, ostensibly on business. To prove she's not jealous, Hetty suggests Katrinka as their chaperone. This she soon regrets.
Through their experiences Hetty proves she can be an equal partner in their marriage. We witness the growth of their mutual admiration, love and trust.
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