Singapore in the 1869s is exotic and yet terrifying for a penniless Englishwoman, alone and vulnerable after her mother’s death. Too pretty to accept a governess’s job, Isabella Saunders accepts an offer from Singapore merchant Mr Lee – to teach him English and live with his family. Two years later Bram Deagan arrives in Singapore, determined to make his fortune as a trader. Mr Lee sees a way to expland his business connections and persuades Isabella to marry Bram. Bravely, she sets sail for a new land and life. Will they find a way to achieve their dreams of a successful trading business? And will their marriage turn out to be more of a love match than they could have ever dreamed?