With a loving family, successful businesses, and active theater life, Raine Stevens has all she could want except a love of her own. She prefers life without the sacrifices that kind of love requires. Only one man has ever tempted her to believe otherwise, and he went off to fight the war. He never wrote.
And then, Jed Hardman is back, but it's too late for them. She won't leave Portland for a wilderness ranch on the John Day River. She's worked too hard for what she has. Besides, she's too set in her ways. In love with him, though she might be, he's way too much the laird in the way he dominates all around him. She sends him off with no hope for a future together.
After Raine learns her seemingly successful life has been more trap than secure home, she decides to leave Portland also. She could go many places, but the only one that will help her learn if she and Jed have a future is the Hardman Ranch. Jed is grateful to have Raine come to him and accepts her terms, adding one of his own.
Leaving the war apparently hasn't made his life safer. He now has a deadly enemy-- make that two.
Book 3 in the Oregon series follows the Stevens family from the earlier books (Raine isn't the only one eventually heading east of the Cascades). The story explores what makes a home and family. What does it take to make a relationship work when it has every reason not to succeed? With gold miners, road agents, and Native Americans determined to push the white man from their land, this is a wilderness that takes tough men and women. Raine isn't sure she can or even wants to qualify, but she's about to find out.