Annabeth can't wait until her train arrives in the west where she's assigned to teach. What she wasn't expecting was that her small school only has a few children, and the locals aren't sure they like her new ways of teaching.
It's been a year since Jakob's mail order bride left him to go back to New York City. He'd given him heart to someone once, and he's not planning to do it again. Even when the new teacher in town captures his attention.
Life in the basin of Oakley is more than Annabeth bargained for, and she's ready to give in, until the quiet man down the lane shows up to save her life in the middle of a thunderstorm. Will Jakob allow his heart to be healed, or will he allow the storms of his past push away his chance for true love?