April Wilde has vowed never to give her heart away to another man. Not after her father abandoned her at the age of twelve, leaving her to raise two younger sisters on the harsh Colorado plains. But now May and June are grown and happily preparing to leave home, and April sees a bright future on the farm she loves so much---alone.
Will Caulder has other ideas. A wealthy southern landowner before the Civil War, Will has made his way west to find a home. In a card game he wins the deed to a farm and thinks he's made his fortune. But Will's luck sours when he finds the farm occupied---by the beautiful and defiant April Wilde.
As April and Will prepare to battle for the land, something more profound stirs in their hearts. Can April prevail in keeping hers safely locked? Or will a southern rogue convince her he's worthy of her love?