When his father dies in 1967 Mitch?s world starts to fray at the seams. His father?s will states that Mitch has inherited the shipping company, which Mitch has been running for eight years, ever since his father retired. But up until then the company had remained in his father?s name. While the inheritance isn?t a surprise, the stipulation that Mitch must hire his stepbrother, Tom Fleming, is. On top of this, Tom will own half the company within five years. If this doesn?t happen the company will be sold and the proceeds will go to charity. Mitch sees no choice but to hire his brother.
Other than the fact that Mitch hates Tom, he has also discovered that Tom had an affair with the woman Mitch loves, Claire Lester. He comes up with a plan: to convince Claire to marry him and keep her away from Tom.