Sometimes, a generous helping of love goes a long way in evaporating most of life's complications. But these days, the last thing Duel McClain is interested in is love. Once upon a time he'd envisioned himself with a devoted wife and a houseful of children, but that was before fate intervened. Now he's more into looking for reasons to run away from life, than to live it.
A not-so-simple hand of poker in Cat Springs, Texas changes all that. Duel feels as though he's swallowed a porcupine, quills and all, when he suddenly finds he's won a baby who's offered as a wager by a low-down snake. But, he figures the motherless child's chances with him are better than any of the alternatives . . . and he supposes his sister can take on one more. Getting the babe there could take some doing though -- he just didn't know how much. A few short hours later, Duel finds his previously quiet life complicated even further when a woman covered in blood stumbles up to his campfire.
Running from unspeakable pain - not to mention the hangman's noose - Jessie Foltry sees the distant fire's light as a safe haven. She never would have guessed that she would also find sanctuary in the arms of her Texas knight!
She soon discovers that one night with him - and with the little darling who calls her Mama - will never be enough.