With a shattering blow to Miranda Bennett's young heart, Gabriel Deerhorn had extinguished their tender love. A wise sould, he'd known naive Miranda needed independence more than matrimoney. Suddenly she was back in Freedom Valley...and her nearness was both a torment and a treasure. For once, gallant Gabriel fed his own desire - he settled Miranda into his mountaintop home and with a single, tenuous touch, their passion was reborn. Could it be that their thwarted past was just a stepping-stone to their radiant future?