Carianne Barlow never expected to leave her Philadelphia townhouse and travel to the wild-west, but when she inherits a fortune from her eccentric grandmother, conditions are attached. She must open a center of culture anchored by a library. Such an undertaking requires political support, and no one is more influential in the west than Rhyan Cason, a handsome rancher with the reputation of a rabble-rousing lobbyist with a preference for the ladies. Carianne gets on the westbound train with no thought of the treacherous world awaiting her in the little prairie town near Rhyan’s sprawling ranch.
When Rhyan asks her to catalog his library, Carianne jumps at the chance. Their relationship turns from employer/employee to much more, but their beliefs clash, and events take a dangerous turn. Carianne learns too late Rhyan is pursued by a sinister enemy determined to destroy everything he cares for—including her.