Mary McKendrick, a head-strong school teacher who wants nothing more than to find a home in her adopted town of Rock Creek, Texas, takes charge when a band of ruffians attempts to destroy the town. Mary hires Reese, the mysterious, and reluctant, leader of a band of deadly Confederate veterans, to protect them. Reese is haunted by the war and what he did during it. The only constant in his life are the five men willing to come to his side whenever he calls them.
Struggling with a bad marriage and foreclosure on her horse ranch, young widow Katherine Logan has neither time nor inclination to take responsibility for some low-down bandit. That is, until the sight of wickedly tempting Jake Banner changes her mind.