Caroline has always done what she was told. Married off to an older, wealthy mill owner to bring money into her family, she's spent years keeping everyone else happy. Now she is faced with a nearly impossible task: produce an heir--by any means necessary. She's always scorned her family's loose morals, never been the least bit tempted to take a lover...until she meets Jack Applgate.
Jack's only goal is to get out of this factory town. Crushed under the demands of his family, he dreams of reaching London, where a life changing opportunity awaits. But an accident at the mills puts everything at risk -especially as he finds himself drawn to his nursemaid : the boss's wife.
As Caroline discovers more about herself, she also learns some unsettling truths about the devil's bargain her family made when marrying her off. Can Jack and Caroline resist their passion long enough to avoid detection? And will the secrets they uncover set them free - or doom them?