It was 19-year-old Summer Kuykendall's mother's deathbed wish that her daughter return to the ranch of Sam McLean, who had promised to take care of her, so she and her 8-year-old brother expected Sam to be waiting for them. Instead Sam's son, Slater, honored his father's promise. Installed in a house on the McLean ranch, Summer soon found herself in the midst of a feud between Slater McLean, his uncle's wife, Ellen, and her son, Travis. Ellen wanted Summer to marry Travis, but Summer found herself drawn to the enigmatic Slater, who believed that Travis was responsible for Sam's death in an ambush that left Slater's face scarred. Then violence erupted, and secrets came to light that would change Summer's life forever.