Readers first met the spunky, young Ruth Priggish in GLORY, as part of the wagon train of mail-order brides. But when she and the other brides arrived in Denver City, they found they had been tricked, and instead were destined to work the gold mines of Colorado. The wagon master, Jackson Montgomery, helped the group escape with the help of U.S. Marshall Dylan McCall.
Now, Ruth is on the run again. This time it's from Oscar Fleming, and 80-year-old suitor, who due to a misunderstanding, believes that Ruth has agreed to marry him. Her only hope of eluding Oscar is to escape with the handsome, but 'ornery, Dylan, who is on his way to Utah. Ruth begs Dylan to allow her eto travel with him, and to take her to Wyoming to live iwth a long-lost cousin, whom she believes lives there.
When Dylan refuses to help, Ruth schemes with her friends to follow Dylan at a distance on horseback, dressed as a man. But life on the trail isn't easy, especially with winter setting in. When her horse plows into Dylan's amidst a dense fog, Ruth's identity is revealed.
The next day, Dylan disappears, leaving Ruth to fend for herself. Despite being alone and exhausted, she is determined to keep going. but when she comes upon a burning covered wagon, two bodies rifled with arrows--including Dylan's, and a crying Indian baby, she finds herself in an adventure like no other.