After her husband, Peter, is killed, Maddie is left with a huge debt.
Six months later, a handsome stranger arrives at the Kelson cattle property, announcing he's the new jackaroo. She cannot send him packing as her signature is on the contract. Instead, she provides meals and accommodation in exchange for work until she can get back on her feet. As she works beside temptation, her mind is not in sync with her heart, and they share a few kisses.
James has watched out for people all his life; Maddie is no exception except he's falling in love with her. He wants to protect her, help her in any way he can, and after they share her bed, he's in two minds about revealing his true identity.
Maddie's late husband owed someone a lot of money and now they want it back. Maddie and James battle threats and unexpected attacks, but the arrival of an unwelcome visitor tears them apart.
Will they reunite after surviving so much tragedy, or will Maddie live alone with her grandfather, knowing she let true love slip through her fingers?