Kate Dennington has begged, and borrowed to come to America from her native Ireland to collect her inheritance, a rundown general store in the gold rush mining town of Tinderbox, California. Now, one more obstacle stands in her way. According to the laws of Tinderbox, the only way for Kate to own and opperate a business is for her to be a married woman. With few prospects for a husband among the unsavory miners, she looks towards the one man who could help her, and in return he would be helping himself, ruggedly handsome fur trapper Will Crockett.
Will has troubles of his own. Having lost all that he owned to Kate's competitor, Eldrige Landerfelt, Will finds himself in desperate need of funds to escape the trapped out lands of California and book passage to the game rich wilds of Alaska. Accepting Kate's proposal might just be the solution to both their problems.