Buffalo Valley has found new life. People have started moving to this town--people like Lindsay Snyder, who came as a teacher and stayed, marrying local farmer Gage Sinclair. And now Lindsay's best friend, Maddy Washburn, has decided to pull up stakes and join her in Buffalo Valley, hoping for the same kind of satisfaction. And the same kind of love. . . Jeb McKenna is a rancher, a solitary man who's learned to endure. Maddy--unafraid and openhearted--is drawn to Jeb, but he rejects her overtures. Until one of North Dakota's deadly storms throws them together. . . Those few days and nights bring unexpected consequences for Maddy and Jeb. Consequences that, one way or another, affect everyone in Buffalo Valley.