Everyone thought Shaw MacCade had died, but in 1849, Shaw returns home to Angel Falls, Missouri only to receive a nasty dunking by his childhood friend Becca Raeburn. He later learns that her sister Eve accused him of being the father of her son. He denies that, but Becca does not trust nor believe him. Shaw's return also reheats the feud between the MacCades and the Raeburns that started four centuries ago in Scotland. Shaw begins to persuade Becca that maybe he is not the father of her nephew.
Needing to know the truth about Eve and to see if her exiled sister is okay, Becca travels to St. Louis. In Jefferson City, Shaw catches up to her and they marry, but she knows it cannot last because she has a responsibility to her family who would never accept a MacCade. Still, they make love before going on to St. Louis. They find an ailing Eve whose son was sold by a local preacher to a wagon train. Though she knows that her beloved did not sire her nephew, Becca knows love is not strong enough to stop the feud from destroying her happiness.
Award-winning Judith E. French relocates the feuding Scottish clans from their homeland and intriguingly moves them into the American heartland with a powerful tale. Due to the feud and the cross-star love aspect of the lead couple, the story line is packed with excitement. Becca and Shaw are wonderful characters struggling to make a loving relationship surmount the impossible merger of a MacCade with a Raeburn. Sub-genre readers will take pleasure from this warm novel.