Elsa Anders: Her dream of marrying Peder Ramstad is about to come true. But can this strong-willed, creative woman with a love for independence, adventure and the sea find happiness with a captain who insists upon leaving her safely on shore? Kaatje Janssen: Broken-hearted over her husband's infidelities, Elsa's dear friend prays that the journey to America will mark a new beginning and a bright future, for her marriage—and her unborn child. Tora Anders: At sixteen years old, Elsa's sly young sister knows just what she wants...and exactly how to get it. And heaven help the man or woman who stands in her way! Peder Ramstad: Driven by a love for the sea—and his wife—Peder is determined to make a success of his new shipyard. But will his desperate need to maintain control destroy the relationships he treasures most? Karl Martensen: Torn between his friendship with Peder and a forbidden, secret love for Elsa, Karl struggles to bury the emotions that threaten to ruin them all.