Mignonne Wingate, whose laughing dark eyes and porcelain skin entrance everyone she meets, is determined never to love again. But that is before a trip to the fashionable resort of Saratoga Springs, New York, where she is introduced to the Edgefield brothers. Cooper, dashingly handsome and recklessly wild, both attracts and frightens Mignonne. Robert is much safer, but his ill father causes Mignonne to question his true feelings for her. Life is different north of the Mason-Dixon line, as Mignonne witnesses as well the ill-gotten prosperity of the ruthless railroad barons. Troubled by her adventures, will she find refuge once again at her family manor in Alabama? Will Mignonne truly be at peace by the rivers rushing to the sea?