Holt Price has come to the booming town of Galveston, Texas, in his search for the woman he thinks he loves. He’s also keeping a wary eye out for Laveau diViere, the traitor who caused the massacre of Holt’s unit during the Civil War.
The horrors of the Civil War caused Holt to give up practicing medicine, but he can’t stand aside when he encounters a drunken doctor tending the wounded at an accident. When the wounded men are taken to the doctor’s home, Holt runs into a very determined obstacle, the doctor’s daughter. .
Felicity Moore knows her father drinks too much, but she refuses to accept that he’s an alcoholic. In order to protect him and his patients, she has taught herself almost as much about medicine as most doctors of the period know. Felicity is attracted to Holt but fears he’ll expose her father as a drunk. They would lose their income and the poor of Galveston would lose an excellent doctor. Holt is all too familiar with alcoholics, his father was one, and he refuses to countenance what Felicity is doing.
What ensues is a battle of wills, but neither can refuse to bend when love enters the arena.