The mountain lion no longer walks among the trees of Eskaway Mountain. She disappeared from that wilderness over a hundred years ago; according to legend, the cat disappeared when an Indian princess lost her only love to cruel fate. According to myth, love will not come to her descendants until the mountain lion returns. Dawn Perry has lived all her life at the foot of Eskaway Mountain, and although she has not been lucky in love, she refuses to believe in myths and legends-or in the mountain lion that lately the townsfolk claim to have seen. So when she finds herself drawn to newcomer Jonah Campion, she takes to the mountain trails to clear her head and close her heart. Dawn knows that she will never know love, that she will always be as alone as she is now. Only she isn't alone, for watching her with gold-green eyes is the stranger on the mountain.