He came in search of gold but discovered a treasure worth far more than he had ever imagined. Eaten up with bitterness after rotting in prison for six long years-for a crime he didn't commit-Nathan Stadler wants nothing more than to claim his cellmate's hidden gold and recoup all that he's lost. But there is one beautiful obstacle-Kent's daughter. When desperados arrive, Nathan must choose to either fight for the gold or for a chance to share a future with the woman who has captured his heart. Maggie Kent needs a vaquero to get her herd on the first cattle drive to Abilene. Determined to prove she's more than just an outlaw's daughter, she's vowed never to love a man like her father. But when a tall, handsome stranger rides in on the soft Texas wind and asks for the job, the question is, can she trust him? Or is he in search of her father's elusive gold?