When her betrothed leaves her for another woman, Celina Murray is distraught. Certain that she will never love again, she agrees to a marriage of convenience, arranging to care for two small children of a bachelor guardian. But love is not an option.
Carrying his own load of tragedy and rejection, Sheriff Troy Faraday is just as sure that he can never again trust - or love - a woman. But after his sister dies unexpectedly and leaves him to care for her two children, he has no choice but to arrange for a mail-order bride. But love is not an option.
With danger waiting in the wings and history weighing them down, Celina and Troy must learn to trust each other in order to rebuild their lives. As each comes to terms with the past, they discover that love might be an option, after all.