Leah Masters answers handsome Santa Fe Judge Bartholomew Durant's mail-order "summons." Leah's hot-tempered brother becomes the prime suspect when Durant is attacked by an assassin. Bart Durant bitterly wrestles with a bleak future of dependency. Leah dreads another rejection from a man who thinks her vain, spoiled and sickly. Could the lovely Mexican Alethia, Leah's new best friend, be a rival for Bart Durant's love?