Though she is his guardian angel, Patience Goodfellow loves Brady Shaw. She has loved him ever since she took over when he was eleven from three "fallen" angels who were tired of the impossible assignment. Everyone in heaven knows Patience loves Brady in spite of his being a womanizing gambler. Though her superiors do not want Patience to reveal her identity to Brady, she strongly feels this is the right time to straighten out her ward that she believes hides a heart of gold. In 1885 Fortune, New Mexico Patience sets her plan in motion, but is accidentally knocked out with her halo removed.
Patience suffers amnesia forgetting that she is a two- century-old angel. Instead she believes she is Brady's mortal fiancé. Brady laughs at her contention, but is stunned when she knows things about him that no one but he knows. As Brady falls in love with his angel, Patience regains her memory and is willing to move heaven and earth for an eternity with Brady.