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Widow Mattie Simpson can't bear it anymore. Neither she nor her young daughter belong in New York. Mattie's sick of leering men and lewd comments and taverns on every corner. She needs to get away-to forge a new life for herself and her daughter. With no other options, she decides to travel west to Plum River, Wyoming, to become the Mail Order Bride of businessman Richard Dixon.Richard Dixon owns the local saloon in Plum River. He's worked hard building his business, and he's now ready for a wife and family. When Mattie arrives, he can't wait to make her his bride. But as soon as she realizes the nature of his business, she's devastated. His work goes against everything she believes. She can't be joined to a man who sells whiskey for a living. And what about the townsfolk who won't accept her as long as she's associated with Richard?Mattie sees no possible answer. She despairs of ever finding love or a home of her own. When tragedy strikes the town, things take a shocking turn. Will this be the answer Mattie yearns for? Can blossoming love between strangers overcome her staunch set of beliefs?