In Jasper Gulch, where the main course at the local diner is gossip, everyone's talking about the diamond-and-emerald ENGAGEMENT ring that Josie Callahan is sporting. Word has it this shy bride has been bartered for by handsome, wealthy Jake McKenna. The reticent rancher needs a wife to inherit his family's land -- or else it will go to his fiercest rival. Every busybody in town is wondering why Josie agreed to the convenient union. Does she believe she can turn her grumpy, silent groom into prime husband material? Or could she already know this sham of a marriage will lead to real passion ... in their wedding bed?