A winter of discontent sent Swift Foot on a vision quest, and he returned ready to be chief. Where his father brought shame upon their family by choosing love over duty, Swift Foot will act more wisely. He will lead his people through the troubles ahead—and, to do so, he will marry for all the right reasons. Small Bird is the perfect choice. But for their people to survive the coming darkness, the two will have to win each other's hearts. On the sleeping mat or wrapped in furs, on riverbank or dusty plain, passion must blaze to life between the half-breed chieftain and his new wife...and they have to start the fire soon, for dusk has already fallen.