Strong-willed Elizabeth Douglas is determined to escape her abusive marriage and live a solitary life. Posing as a widow, she travels by riverboat to the Minnesota frontier, but her safety is compromised when her cover is revealed and her husband is set on her trail. As troubles mount and dreams of a peaceful existence erode, she is forced to accept help from a man whose alluring presence and steady nature tugs at her heart and rocks the very foundation of her well-laid plans.
Attorney and widower Will Heaton hides his loneliness behind an aloof façade. Content to observe rather than act, he is reluctantly drawn to the young widow whose evasive comments and skittish behavior pique his curiosity. When he sees her tormented by the same man he believes killed his wife, Will accepts this as a second chance to redress wrongs and redeem his honor.
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