When an earthquake brings Annie Lark's Missouri house down on top of her, she finds herself pinned under the massive roof beam, facing certain death. Rescued by French fur trapper Jacques Ducharme, Annie learns to love the strong, brooding man and resolves to live out her days as his "River Wife". More than a century later, in 1930, Hedie Rails comes to Jacques' Landing to marry Clement Ducharme, a direct descendant of the fur trapper and river pirate.
"Its an eye roller."
Caroline "Caro" Venable has everything her Southern heritage promised: money, prestige, a rich husband. So what if she drinks a little too much and has a less-than-perfect marriage? She's doing what she was born to do: be the chatelaine of a magnificent home and hostess to her husband's wealthy friends and clients.