For Lilla Traften, the Texas Panhandle is nothing but hot cactus and dirt, its inhabitants worse. Grady Finch, the rugged foreman of the WC Ranch may be devastatingly handsome, but he is tactless. Worse, the heat is getting to her; sunstroke is making her dream of Grady's hands upon her, of the sweaty love they might make in the dust. Hardly normal thoughts for a proper miss and charm-school teacher! Still, she can't help wondering what will win the heart of a man like Grady. She'll have to prove she can survive on her own. He'll have to see that not only the land can undergo transformation, but that Lilla, too, can flower in the desert.