Lucy Marsh’s worldly resources are running out, but she’s
fiercely determined to care for her younger brother and sister. When she
discovers that their father’s recent death was no accident, Lucy is
eager to leave town. She accepts a proxy marriage she believes will
provide safe refuge. But trouble follows her to Wichita Falls, Texas,
where the man she came to marry seems surprised to suddenly have a wife
and children to provide for.

Nate Stanton always
hoped he’d marry someday, but running the family ranch meant he had no
time for romance. When his father deposits Lucy Marsh — a city girl — on his
doorstep, with two siblings in the bargain, he expects ranch life will
send her running on the first train out of town. But Lucy is made of
tougher stuff than Nate imagined. When danger moves in, Nate realizes
he’d give anything to protect Lucy and the children he’s grown to love.
Even if it means giving up his ranch.