With the loss of his mother, Jonathon Brand leaves Boston, hoping to never return. The year is 1894, and Jonathon is eager to head west to California to find a new life, a new profession, and an escape from the disastrous relationship with his father.
On the way, he stops to visit his beloved Aunt Ellie, who lives in a small, Central Utah town. He falls in love with the scenery the same day he falls in love with Maddie Jo Hansen, and suddenly California loses its appeal. Even though Maddie is a Mormon, Jonathon realizes that he likes everything about this place and the people--except for Glen Hansen, Maddie's father, who is determined that no man, especially Jonathon, is going to take his daughter away from him. [publisher's blurb]