Lydia McQuire, former Union army nurse, is barely eking out a living playing piano in supper clubs in San Francisco. When Lydia sees an ad for a man seeking a wife, she rashly decides to answer the ad in person. When Lydia meets Devon Quade she finds him to be a handsome and kind man. Lydia agrees to sail to Devon's home in Washington Territory and make her life there as his wife. During the voyage Lydia discovers that she is to marry Devon's brother Brigham rather than Devon himself. Lydia is a bit wary when she discovers that Brigham is unaware of her arrival. Brigham Quade is a brooding widower with two daughters, Charlotte and Millie. Brigham is Devon's partner in a lumber company. When Lydia meets Brigham she finds him to be handsome yet stern. Lydia and Brigham immediately butt heads and strong willed Lydia refuses to marry bossy Brigham. Lydia offers to serve as a governess to Charlotte and Lydia. As Lydia begins to spend more time with Brigham she discovers him to be a very kind and caring man. Brigham and Lydia share a blazing attraction, yet neither one wants to submit to the other. When the town doctor starts courting Lydia, Brigham suddenly realizes that he might lose a love of a lifetime.
This report prepared by Sandra Calhoune