It's 1882, and developer Kellen O'Roarke wants to build a resort near a natural mineral spring in northern California, but he needs a strategic piece of land owned by Guinevere "Guin" Talbot, who apparently would rather die than part with her property. Guin is still in mourning for her parents, who, ironically, lost their money investing in a resort. Kellen isn't her only worry. Grandmother Henrietta, bitter and critical, has taken it upon herself to move in with Guin as her "chaperone."
Cassie McMahon had always dreamed of a reunion with her father, whom she hadn't seen since childhood. But her hopes were dashed when she found that his new life in California held no place for her. Then she met Alec Stevens, who was on a mission of his own - to expose the Confederate spies who threatened his country. But every plot discovered seemed to lead back to Cassie.
"Not up to standard"