Returning to her Nevada ranch at the Civil Wars end, Elyssa Sutton finds it picked bare by scavengers and coveted by determined men. Yet the proud young woman vows never again to abandon her Ruby Mountain homethough it means enlisting the aid of a dark and dangerous stranger who lives for revenge alone.
Hunter Maxwell has suffered from the savagery of outlaws and the faithlessness of a woman. And he will trust nofemalenor will he rest until the raiders who destroyed his family pay for their crimes.
A woman in need and a man in painmust stand as one to fight for something cherished,something lost. And in the brisk chill of autumn,ravaged hearts will be reborn.Beautiful, determined Elyssa Sutton has returned to her isolated ranch in the Ruby Mountains of Nevada after the Civil War -- but the Culpepper gang wants the horses, the ranch, and Elyssa, and they'll kill anyone who gets in their way. Can Hunter Maxwell, the handsome, bitter ranch foreman she hires when he appears mysteriously out of the moonlight, protect her?