Book III of the Behind the Ranges series.
A valley where gold gleams in every creek becomes the arena
for a thrilling encounter between East and West. Silas
Dewitt, newly arrived in an Idaho gold camp, saves two
Chinese boys from a mob of drunken miners. But one of them
turns out to an independent, stubborn, lovely woman who
decides her role is to protect him.
Soomey, shaped by poverty and sexual slavery, sees Silas as
her means to freedom and independence — until she falls in
love with him. Knowing that she is assisting in her own
heartbreak, she guards his back as he searches for a cache
of gold nuggets. A vicious killer stalks them both, hating
Soomey for her race, Silas for his wealth. Silas faces him
in a desperate knife battle, but is too late to save Soomey
from painful torture. Scarred in body and soul, Soomey
tries to leave him. Can Silas hold her with passion,
tenderness,and a promise of eternal love?
Available July 2002 in trade paperback (ISBN 158749230X).