Calder Born Calder Bred Author:Janet Dailey It encompasses the breadth, the sweep, the passion of the American West- and of the human heart. City-bred Ty Calder regretted the precious years that had separated him and his mother, Maggie, from his father, Chase. Ty, heir to all that the family had worked for over a century to build, would have to learn the ways of a ranch hand from the ro... more »ugh dirt of the corral up. But he stands to lose it all when he goes off to college. For Ty becomes the protégé of entrepreneur E. J. Dyson, and bewitched by E.J.'s beautiful, haughty daughter, Tara Lee. She sees in Ty a chance for greater power and wealth, and will do anything to possess the Triple C.
Meanwhile, Jessy, the lone female ranch hand, who knows the land like her own heart, looks forward to the summers when Ty returns home from college. She shares with Ty his love for the land, and his pride in, and loyalty to, his family's rich heritage. She is growing from a gawky tomboy into a lovely, sensitive woman, but Ty is hopelessly infatuated with Tara and sees neither Jessy's flowering beauty nor her love.
When, after graduation, Tara consents to marry Ty, he is deliriously happy. But soon Tara grows bored with ranch life and spends more and more time away. Lonely for comfort, Ty seeks out Jessy's company, and soon their friendship turns to a deep, passionate love.
Jessy is there for him when a devasting plane accident claims his mother's life and critically injures Chase. She understands his turmoil when, left alone to manage the Triple C, he discovers that the ranch is in serious debt. But she cannot stand by and let him give in to E. J.'s proposal to strip-mine the rolling grasslands for coal. When Ty discovers that the plane carrying his parents had been tampered with before it crashed--and that he is fighting not only for land, but for justice and survival--Jessy will be by his side, risking her own life to save his Calder Birthright.« less