|Originally published: New York: Walker & Co., 1998.|
From the Publisher:
Concho Smith, an old cowboy lamenting the end of the cattle drive era, is riding down to Mexico hoping to find work there. On his way, he sees a beautiful woman trying single-handedly to keep her ranch running and offers to help repair her fencing that had been knocked down by a storm. As days turn into weeks, Concho learns that Judith Van is married to Sid, a proud but bitter cripple. Unfortunately, Concho has already fallen in love with Judith and now -- for better or for worse -- sees himself as her savior.
When Judith and Sid's house burns down one night while Judith is with Concho, and Sid's body is found in the debris, questions that could put a noose around Concho's neck are raised . . .
On a cattle ranch in the Old West, Concho Smith takes a job as a ranch hand, offered to him by Judyth Van, the new bride of the crippled rancher. Concho promptly falls in love with Judyth, and undertakes to save the ranch from scheming cattle king Little Bob Shiner.