The Drifter Author:Susan Wiggs Set against the backdrop of the rugged wilderness of the late nineteenth-century Washington state.... — When Dr. Leah Mundy wakes up to find the barrel of a gun pointed straight at her, she knows that she's not being summoned to an ordinary housecall. And when gunslinger Jackson Underhill abducts her to his foundering ship to doctor his... more » ailing wife, Leah soon realizes that her life will never be the same again.
Leah learns that the enigmatic drifter and his wife plan to flee to Canada -- and take her with them. Taking fate into her own hands, this spirited and resourceful doctor disables Jackson's schooner, stranding the strangers in the close-knit community of Whidbey Island.
Leah grows closer to Jackson after his wife, who runs off with a rich gentleman, is proclaimed dead in a freak accident. Little by little, she draws out the secrets of his traumatic past, the years that had changed him from a desperate young boy into a man hardened by the injustice of life. For the first time in his life, Jackson is living for the present, rather than running from the past.
But Jackson's past is never far behind -- in fact, it's about to catch up with the two lovers.... « less