Indigo Wolf and Jake Rand have to fight their upbringing, the prejudiced world around them, and each other to realize the great love in store for them.
Jake Rand is the head of Ore-Cal a major mining corporation. Unfortunately he's noticed that Ore-Cal has been getting mines at a discount. Something unfortunate seems to happen to the mines, or the people in them and then Jake's father buys up the mines. When he is shown the mine at Wolf's Landing, owned by Hunter Wolf, he decides to go there and see what's what.
The Wild Woman
Indigo Wolf is the beautiful daughter of Hunter and Loretta Wolf. Though outwardly proud of her Comanche heritage, she can't forget nearly being gang-raped by Brandon Marshall and his friends, a young man who she thought was courting her. Unfortunately he never thought of her as anything but a squaw. Indigo spends her time trying to run her father's mine and feeding many wild animals. An old cougar named Toothless, a skunk named Stinky and assorted deer and other animals. Her favorite is a wolf named Lobo. They are almost familiar spirits in how they interact.
Jake arrives at Wolf's Landing after an “accident” causes the usually vital Hunter Wolf to be bedridden. Jake hides his connection to OreCal and is hired to oversee the mines. Seemingly unaware of the attraction that Jake and Indigo are fighting, Hunter suggests that Indigo go with Jake to the mines as his guide. As they are touring the mines shots ring out, missing Indigo by an inch and fatally injuring Lobo, her wolf. Lobo can't be moved and Indigo won't leave him. They stay in a shack at the mine overnight. People in the town notice and begin to talk.
Even though he has a fiancé back in California, once Jake learns that Indigo's reputation is ruined he offers to marry her. Because Hunter insists that he honor his Comanche traditions he pays a seven hundred dollar bride price for Indigo. No one knows that he can easily afford it, yet he does not look at it as buying a wife. When others at the mine suggest that he might sell Indigo to recoup his money he beats them up and fires them. Then Jake tries to come to terms with his new wife's habits—from feeding cougars to leaving a window open all night so Lobo's spirit can come to visit.
Consummation does not happen quickly. It takes a long time for Indigo to trust that Jake is a good man. Jake is getting frustrated with how long it is taking. It isn't until he realizes that Indigo has been raised to completely obey her husband in every way that he draws back and tries courtship instead of seduction. When that doesn't work he blows up and accuses Indigo of not having pride in herself and being racist against whites. It is only then when Indigo realizes that he will leave her that she realizes that she wants him to stay. Their marriage is consummated.
The Love of a Lifetime
No sooner have they settled their sexual differences when Jake's brother sends a letter that confirms that their father is behind the trouble at the mines. Jake burns it, but Indigo finds it when she is cleaning the fireplace. She trusts him now, so when he explains to her what is going on—that it was his father's fault that Hunter was injured and Lobo was killed—Indigo believes him. Jeremy arrives for a visit and explains that more than the past problems is the future problem. An attack on the mines has been planned.
After a week of watching the mines, Jake and Indigo are walking home and Brandon Marshall—Indigo's would-be childhood rapist, attacks them. Jake is knocked unconscious and he takes Indigo to the mines. As he drags her there he brags that the stupid Ore-Cal man has paid him to do what he would do for free, hurt the Wolf family. When they get to the mine, Brandon reveals his plan. She must beg him to rape her or he will bury her alive in the mine. Indigo would rather die—literally. Jake wakes up and follows a wolf howl—that he's sure is Lobo—to the correct mine. He sees the cave-in and manages to get Indigo out just in time. They have enough evidence to convict Brandon and Jake's father. Together they vow to form a new world of love..
Best part of story, including ending:
I liked the opening of minds.
Best scene in story:
I sincerely loved the scene after Indigo found the letter from Jake's brother. She had just began to trust Jake and she continued to do so.
Opinion about the main character:
I like that Indigo can't really decide whether she feels Indian or white.