Love and gold. Mystery and passion.
All famous mystery author Stanton Black wanted was to leave the flashbulbs of Hollywood behind. Hiding out in the wilds of northeast Oregon seemed like the perfect way to get over an attempt on his life while researching his work. His latest novel would draw on the history of his ancestors and the lore of gold country. Now, all he needed was a suitable tour guide.
Special education teacher Maya Valentine was no tour guide. After the death of her parents, Maya has come home to Salisbury Junction for the summer only to have an ailing friend talk her into escorting Stanton around the area. As a pattern of crime around her and the newfound gold on her property leads to mystery, her relationship with Stanton turns to thoughts of romance. A romance too impossible to consider.
Surgeon Gabriel Stone saw enough tragedy during the Civil War to give up doctoring for good. As a blacksmith in a gold mining town, he meets up with a lovely, risk-taking woman in need of a doctor. Ethically, he has no choice but to take her in, treat and shield her from the rowdy men of town - but can he entrust her with his heart?