When Mairi MacDonald loses her only daughter at birth, Mairi takes Christy into the warmth and fellowship of the close-knit island community to raise as her own, but finds it hard to welcome the waif into her heart, blaming Christy for taking the place of her true daughter. Longing for a mother's love, Christy finds companionship with her cherished foster brother David. When David is crippled in a near fatal accident, Christy realizes the true depth of her feelings. But will he ever feel the same for her?
From the pleasures of her sheltered world in the bayous to the treacherous vastness of the great Southwest and beyond - forever quenching her thirst for all the passion and adventure life had to offer - wildly beautiful Rachel Delys fled the memories of her battle-slain lover and the fury of the Civil War. Across a tempestuous landscape, three men tried to tame her - one who seduced her, one who ravaged her, and one who would bring her at last to the peak of sublime rapture and depths of soul-searing love!
Julie McCloud was saved as an infant from a disease-doomed wagon train. Windmillers Cap and Mike Shanahan raised Julie, teaching her their trade. Since then, she has criss-crossed the plains using her skills to bring water and life to the dry land.
She and her mentors wander into a no-man's land where they are met by three scraggly boys. The orphaned boys need a windmill to help them hold onto their land. Cap, Mike and Julie agree to build one, but there are those determined to see them fail.
It's 1924, and times are tough throughout the Midwest. Tougher even for 19-year-old Hallie Meredith. On her own and with a younger brother to care for, she is desperately in need of a job. She left her last job with rich Quentin Raford when his unwelcome romantic overtures became unbearable. When Garth Macleod offers her a job as cook, she jumps at it and finds a home with his nomadic outfit. But her security is short-lived when Raford decides he wants to put Macleod's outfit out of business.
A Texas boy spends a year in captivity on a Mexican hacienda, where he learns respect and affection for the Mexican culture and gains an understanding of what freedom really means.