Newly widowed, Allyson McCloud came from the goldfields of India to settle with her father in a harsh new world of renegade Apaches and ruthless Comancheros...a man's world, where the price of a life was measured in gold. Where a woman was only a trinket - or a trespasser. Swept up in a bitter feud of passion and revenge, Aaron Wagner - the steely-willed rancher who ruled the sun-baked plains - vied with his own handsome son to possess Allyson. But not even the love of a man as powerful as Aaron could slake the fever for gold. For somewhere, high in the snowcapped mountains, were untold riches, and Allyson would not stop until she'd staked her claim.