The land was tough, unyielding. So was the man. But one woman's determined faith changed everything.
Alton Wheeler was a drifter and a gambler - a great giant of a man - with no inclination to root himself in the rolling farmland or the burgeoning towns of central Illinois. Furthermore, he didn't need the likes of Sue Ellen Stone, a widow with a young son, to decide his fate.
But from their first tumultuous meeting, he was her reluctant captive. On a collision course with death and decadence, Alton would not be able to forget the gentle woman who had branded his life with her love.