The land is dry, crackling underfoot for over 1 million acres. For the beautiful Susannah Snell, life w/her husdand is as dry & unrelieved as the land...and as foreboding. Small fires start up in the woods, but no one sees the danger lurking there except Sylvanus Morgan, as strong & proud as the tall trees...as virile & arrogant as a thoroughbred. It is Sylvanus, not her husband, who helps Susannah prepare for that one strong gust of wind that will ignite the countryside into an inferno. But neither are prepared for the inferno that is ignited in their hearts.