Nancy Darke has exchanged a mill town in Yorkshire for a gold rush town in the wilds of Western Canada, hoping for fresh start. Unexpectedly widowed, she does the only thing she can—opens a boarding house. The town folk, led by the preacher and the saloon owner, are determined to believe it’s a brothel, and all Nancy’s protests fall on deaf ears. Then the preacher is found murdered on her doorstep, and with the help of the constable’s wife, Nancy is determined to prove it wasn’t her. She also has to prove she isn’t a bawd…but that may turn out to be a fight she doesn’t want to win after all.