Neither Maggie O'Rourke nor Chase Calder ever expected to fall in love with each other. Chase at 22, was heir to a Montana ranch larger than the whole state of Rhode Island. And maggie, the 15 yearold daughter of a ne-re-to-do-well neighbor, was a slnder spitfire, determined to get an education and become the lade her dead mother wanted her to be.
Chase and Maggie first confron each other in a quarrel at a round-up, then they meet in an ice-cold river, with Chase detemined to teach her a thing or two. And then, by the river bank, they fall in love. But theirs can not be a simple coutship. Maggie's father begins to rustle Calder cattle and meets Calder justice. maaggie leaves the familyu ranch and goes to California to start a new life, a life in which she can forget Chase. But she is carrying his child, Ty, who will search,for his father and so lead her back to Montana and the man she once loved.