Ian Cameron's life has had its fits and starts. Erstwhile Boston cabinetmaker, sometime frontier trapper gone half-native in his sensibilities, Ian is still unsettled at twenty-four, a prodigal in his father's eyes. Now he's come to North Carolina hoping to remake himself again--into a slave-owning planter--and find a way back into his father's good graces. Just a few complications bar his way. Ian isn't crazy about slavery. His aunt Lucinda thinks he's a savage. His uncle Hugh thinks he's a replacement for the son who died long ago. His cousin Rosalyn is bent on seducing him. Thomas, his boyhood friend, has followed him south posing as his slave. And then there's Seona. Light-skinned, green-eyed, in servitude to his family... but is she more than just their slave? What draws her to the wooded ridge to spend her few hours of freedom in solitude? When Ian uncovers more family secrets than he bargained for, it seems he's once again doomed to tear down a life he's built. Only this time, more than his own life may come crashing down.
Edited to add: for the actual query I'd pare this down some, ideally to about half the length!