Can two outcasts find refuge in one another's hearts? Dr. Vance Phelps lost everything in the War Between the States - her professional future, her place in Philadelphia society, and her faith in herself. She travels to New Hope, Montana with no hope of happiness and no desire for anything except forgetting. Mae is a frontier madam, used to standing alone. She fiercely guards the well-being of the lost young women who come under her care - she just never expected one of them to be a doctor, wounded in body and soul.