Sarah Anderson won't become a drudge for her stepfather and his children after her mother dies -- or a pawn for his indebtedness to a riverboat gambler. Escaping from her Missouri home, Sarah heads for California to find her brother Seth, trusting God to keep her safe. Matt Sterling rescued Seth and taught him to become a top hand on the Sterling ranch. Betrayed once, Matt vows the San Joaquin River will run dry before he gets involved with another woman . . .