When Krista Franklin boards a stagecoach in St. Joseph, Missouri, she has no idea her whole life will change in the next two weeks. She and her sister expect to marry brothers in Colorado, both having signed mail-order-bride contracts, but Krista finds herself falling in love with one of their fellow travelers. If she follows the desires of her heart, the action could cause a permanent split from her only remaining relative.
Chance Griffin, who plans to start a lumbering business in northern California, believes Krista is his made-to-order bride and sends money to release her from her mail-order contract. After their hasty marriage, they head west where surprising conditions and characters thwart their dream of a prosperous business.
Away from friends and family, the young couple must rely on each other and their faith to find the right path for their lives in this rugged land where people’s actions don’t always follow traditional conventions.