When her pa promises her hand to a man older than himself, Cora Hodges has no choice but to run away. With no kith or kin to turn to, she flees the only home she’s ever known and seeks help from her good friend, Gabe Sanders. If anyone can help her out of her predicament, that rugged rancher will be more than able. But will he be willing?
Gabe's friendly feelings for Cora have undergone a drastic change since she’s grown into a beautiful young woman. When Cora comes to him in dire need of rescue, what’s a fella to do but offer matrimony and the protection of his name? But how will Gabe endure a marriage in name only, loving Cora the way he does?