Charlene 'Charlie' McCuan is a feisty tomboy. She works on her father's ranch in New Mexico Territory, but she hates every minute of it. After rescuing a handsome stranger, her life changes drastically. Charlie feels an instant attraction to the stranger. But the sparks fly every time they're together. She always tries to make the best of any situation, but the stranger is more than she can handle. Garrett Steele is a retired US Marshal looking for a place to start over. He's been left with the responsibility of raising his young sister. After learning that his father owns half interest in a ranch in New Mexico, he decides that's the perfect place for a new beginning. Charlie and Garrett continue to fight their growing attraction to each other. But they soon find themselves battling Garrett's past, and Charlie's father, as they try to find happiness.