Inspector Hugo Sutherland makes a surprise visit just as Alexandra is leaving on the train to Baltimore for Rebecca's wedding. He divulges shocking news of her supposed late father and she becomes the messenger to disclose her father's secrets to John, Rebecca and family.
When visiting the Reynolds Plantation in S.C., Alex's curiosity gets the better of her and she enters a forbidden, locked room, and confronts the ghost of the late Brenda Connor Reynolds.
Riding the high seas to the Island of Bimini in the Bahamas aboard her Uncle's ship, the Spice Queen, Alex finds out the sea is in her blood and explores the tropics with the handsome and passionate J.W. Reynolds. Is he the cool and collected bachelor that she thinks he is or does he fall in love with the blonde, sensual beauty he knows as Vicky?