Tessa Langford is abandoned in a town where she knows no one, and must do whatever is necessary to survive on her own. Gideon Maxwell’s dream is to sell the mercantile he inherited and start a horse ranch. Henry Kilgore will stop at nothing to get control of the town, and he’s set his sights on Maxwell’s Mercantile. When Tessa takes the only job she can find, working for Kilgore, Gideon is torn between wanting to help her break away from Kilgore’s clutches and taking the only offer for the store he’s gotten—Kilgore’s offer.