Returning to her Nevada ranch at the Civil War's end, Elyssa Sutton finds it picked bare by scavengers and coveted by determined men. Yet the proud young woman vows never again to abandon her Ruby Mountain home--though it means enlisting the aid of a dark and dangerous stranger who lives for revenge alone.
Hunter Maxwell has suffered from the savagery of outlaws and the faithlessness of a woman. And he will trust nofemale--nor will he rest until the raiders who destroyed his family pay for their crimes.
A woman in need and a man in painmust stand as one to fight for something cherished, something lost. And in the brisk chill of autumn, ravaged hearts will be reborn.