A classic sweeping tale of intense passion as wide as the open prairie, from the bestselling romance novelist Penelope Williamson. Clementine Kennicutt, a ladylike New Englander, aches to leave her home and her oppressive father. So when Gus McQueen, a cowboy with laughing eyes and big dreams, presses her to elope with him to his Montana ranch, she is ready. But nothing has prepared her for the harsh realities of frontier life, or for the unpredictable yearning of her heart—and least of all for the fact that almost from the first moment she sets eyes on Rafferty, Gus’s dashing, ne’er-do-well brother, she knows he’s the one she was destined to love. Brought up to be a lady, Clementine determines not to let the frontier—or her marriage—defeat her. She devours life, befriending the town prostitute, defending Indians, and suppressing her heart’s desire, until Rafferty forces her to face him and make her choice. On a vast canvas dotted with memorable characters and one rousing adventure after another, Penelope Williamson has created an irresistible work of fiction.