Whitney Smith always knew her aunt and uncle didn’t love her. It’s no surprise when she learns they sold her to Sheldon Walker to pay off their gambling debts. Adventure tells her to answer an ad from a sheriff in Montana looking for a wife in time for Christmas. Desperation tells her to steal the mans’ address and flee—taking her pet chicken, Daisy along for the ride—on the next train, not caring that he’s not exactly expecting her.
Sheriff Clayton McClain doesn’t wish to spend another holiday alone. Although no one has responded to his ad just yet, he’s hopeful someone will soon. What he doesn’t expect is for one of those ladies to show up—and with a pet chicken no less—knocking on his door. Instinct says she’s on the run, and he can’t help but want her to stay.
Along with her new life starting in Montana, Whitney distracts herself with their wedding and preparing for their first Christmas together. She’s forgotten all about the deal her family made. When a storm rolls in, trapping Whitney and Clayton in his mountain cabin, she believes it’s a blessing. Snow and ice are no match for Sheldon Walker, however, who has come looking for her. And has found her.
Can Clayton protect Whitney from the man threatening to take her away or will Sheldon take back the woman he paid for?