Yearning for her independence and heal a broken heart, Elsie Chambers, leaves the family ranch to move to Misty Falls, as far from home as she could afford. However, her overbearing parents follow her to the city and demand she return home to her responsibilities and to her former fiancé whose marriage would ensure doubling the family ranch. Unable to stand up to their domineering ways, she concocts a fake fiancé in hopes to fend off their constant harassment. When they demand to know his name, she spits out the first one that jumps into her head: her irritating, obnoxious boss, Lyle Peterson. Believing they would return home and never meet him, fate, however, had other plans and before Elsie knew what happened, she was returning home to Oregon. With her fake fiancé in tow.