Fresh out of a Pennsylvania penitentiary armed with a marketing degree, Kate Neilson heads to Wyoming anticipating an anonymous new beginning as a guest ranch employee. A typical 25-year-old woman might be looking to lasso a cowboy, but her only desire is to get on with life on the outside - despite her growing interest in the ranch owner. When she discovers a violent ex-lover followed her west, she fears the past she hoped to hide will imprison her once again.
Winter storms blast across the Whispering Pines Guest Ranch, and a cold wind blows through Kate Neilson's soul. Despite her pain Kate's well-being takes a backseat to the needs of loved ones.