It has been two years since grief-stricken widower Matt Colton rode off to avenge his wife's death, never to return. Yet, he remains the only man 19-year-old Serena's heart yearns for, the only man she's ever loved.
So when Matt is desperately needed at home to protect his family against the brewing Apache revolt, Serena sets out to find him. It is in the isolation of a desolate shack that Serena finds her rugged rancher, on the verge of giving up all hope. But as she nurses both his body and his soul back to health, years of pent-up desire surface, and a spark of passion illuminates the darkness in Matt's heart. But the road back home is a treacherous one, as they trek through dangerous territory, down the path to new love.