Avon, Nov 2004, 5.99, 384 pp.
In 1868 Texas, Creed Sixkiller loves Raney Childress and plans to ask her to be his wife. However, the spoiled Raney, a member of the aristocratic Sixes and Sevens Ranch family rejects his proposal although she is attracted to him. Someone with her breeding would never dilute the blood by marrying a half-breed.
Three years later, Creed is a lawman who is after Raney's brother Brass. Raney worries that when the two meet, one will not come home alive as Brass says he will not return to jail and she knows how stubborn Creed can be when he chases after an outlaw. Raney decides to catch up to Creed and ride with him so she can mediate a safe compromise between two men she loves. However, Creed does not trust her.
Raney goes from heeding the direct orders of the human males in her family, which meant giving up love for obedience, to following her heart. Creed is typical of the half-breed sub-genre centerfold as an ethical individual struggling to make it in a purebred world; he rejects Raney's advances on the trail having been burned once before.
This report prepared by Harriet Klausner