Emily Ambrose's birth father abandoned her in the wilds of Michigan Territory, and Indians slaughtered her adoptive missionary parents. Through her rescuer, though, she discovered passion. Yet after one summer of bliss, he is gone, and Emily finds herself in the care of a trapper. She is no longer looking for love. That has come and gone, and now Emily seeks safety. Big John Cartier promises to vanquish all the dangers yet to come. In his arms, Emily begins to understand: The hot sparks of a season's passion flare bright, but they fade. It is the flame of true love that lights one's life. And with that knowledge comes a surety that tomorrow will be brighter than any day she's ever known.