Orphaned at the tender age of sixteen, Adelaide Burke sets out on an adventure to the West with the Children's Aid Society. Taken in by war widow Miss Gertie, she doesn't immediately realize that Miss Gertie has ulterior motives and is determined to marry Addy off to her young neighbor, Sam. Samuel Mitchell is the eldest of seven orphaned brothers and doing his best to homestead, all the while making certain that his brothers are well taken care of. Sam isn't interested in marriage, especially to a skinny little city-girl like Addy. Miss Gertie's matchmaking attempts are frustrating to him, especially since he relies on the older woman so much. When Addy is kidnapped, Sam realizes his feelings for her, but has he come to that realization too late? Will he find her and convince her of his true feelings?