Lovely Carrie Simpson had journeyed all the way to Green Run Pass, Colorado, to prove she could make it on her own. Now she wasn't about to lose the position as stage manager because she wasn't married. The petite chestnut-haired Southern belle told a tall tale that her husband would soon join her, then undertook the man's work with the horses and the woman's work in the kitchen. But Carrie never counted on meeting virile Lucas Barrow, the Overland Stage Company's wrangler who awoke the most primitive urges in her. The "newlywed" needed her job for her independence; dared she risk it for the love only Lucas could satisfy?