Sued by the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe of South Dakota for custody of the child she adopted years earlier, Kate Sommers will do anything to keep the little girl. When the Tribal Council pressures her to bring the child to the Standing Rock so that she can be with her people, Kate uproots her life in order to appease them. But when the Council decrees that the child should have a mother and a father, Kate is forced to comply with tribal tradition by marrying her late husband’s brother. Russell Night Horse reluctantly agrees to let Kate and her daughter stay with him until the matter is resolved. His heart scarred by betrayal, he lives a solitary existence training draft horses on his ranch. Although he admires Kate for her courage and determination and secretly desires her, he doesn’t want or need a wife. But his growing feelings for the outspoken white woman and the little girl born with a hole in her heart threaten his resolve to remain alone and uninvolved, and he begins to long for the love and the family he has always dreamed about. Having tried once before to fit into the Lakota world, Kate is fearful of trying again, no matter how much she yearns for the handsome Lakota rancher. Before Russ can convince her that her place is there with him, the child is kidnapped. As they race against time to find her, the trail leads to love and a sinister plot fueled by a long-kept family secret.