A Civil War widow, young Joline Masters leaves “bleeding” Kansas for Montana to settle under the Homestead Act. Mountain man Clint Reeves knows Montana well, having lost a wife and child there to an Indian attack. He has come home to Kansas, but his father-in-law and others blame him for his wife’s and he child’s deaths. Chance brings Clint and Joline together, and, feeling unwanted in Kansas, Clint agrees to take Joline to Montana.
Clint and Joline are both brave, strong-willed people who balance off each other’s strengths and courage, both of which are uniquely tested by the challenges of a lawless land filled with outlaws and Indians. As they help each other forge a new future, passion and desire become part of their determination to succeed in a new land. Through hardship and danger, two broken hearts become one full heart. Together Jo and Clint tame the savage land and learn to live with past tragedies to form new joys and a life shared as one.