December 1891, New York City
After rejecting the unwanted advances of her boss, Vivian Leete loses her job as a seamstress and is kicked out of the boardinghouse above the shop during a snowstorm. With no family or friends to turn to, she takes the only chance she sees to survive and heads west to Colorado as a mail-order bride. When her prospective husband doesn’t show up to get her, she goes home with Seffi Morgan, the matriarch of a prosperous cattle ranch.
Waylon Morgan vows never to saddle a wife with his private disgrace, but to stop his mother’s matchmaking, he tells her he’s ordering a bride. After a week of driving cattle, he returns home to find that his mother has hired Miss Leete to help her care for the ranch house. Miss Leete is just the kind of beautiful he desires, and he fights the attraction growing between them though she seems willing to give him her heart.