Timothy Sterling scoffs at love at first sight ... until he meets Angelina Montoya. Tim is smitten with the dark-haired beauty -- in spite of suspecting she is less than angelic. Free at last from the sheltered atmosphere of her 1890s San Francisco convent school, eighteen-year-old Angel is enchanted with life on her father's hacienda. Her charm and rich inheritance attract would-be suitors, but Don Fernando insists she wed a wealthy hacendado to continue the Castilian bloodline. Angel is torn between her desire to honor her father's wishes and her dread of marrying a man twice her age.