Grania O'Kerry arrives back in Grenada, in 1795, and learns that her father intends her to marry Roderick Maigrin, a coarse, drunken, but rich planter. There is a rebellion and Grania flees to Secret Harbour for protection, but when she enters the house she finds a notorious pirate there.
The Comte de Vence kissed her until she felt that she was no longer herself but utterly and completely his. He raised his head to say in a voice that was unsteady: "My darling, I did not mean this to happen."
" I love... you!" Grania said. "I... thought I had... lost you."
"You will never do that as long as I am alive, ma cherie."
"You... love me?"
"Of course I love you!" he said almost angrily. "But it is something I should not do any more than you should love me."
"How can I help it?" Grania asked.
Then he was kissing her again, kissing her until she felt as if he carried her into the sky and there were no problems, no difficulties, nothing but themselves and their love....