Will a well-born lady who knows only the upper levels of Victorian high society have a happy marriage with a young Texas cattle-rancher?
Isobel Lindsay-Groves is titled, wealthy and well-born ... and has just made a hash of her debut-year of 1875. Plump, awkward and home-loving, she has missed her chance for an advantageous marriage, and her domineering mother is furious.
By chance she meets Dolph Becker, second-generation Texan, come to England with his cattle-baron uncle, to buy stock for their immense holdings on the wild Texas frontier. He is handsome, rich - and miraculously - he asks Isobel to marry him. What kind of life can they build together, knowing so very little of each other, and coming from opposite worlds? Can Isobel develop confidence in herself, enough to meet the challenge of adapting to a new, strangely beautiful but occasionally violent world - a world where much, much more is expected of the wife of a cattle-baron?
Her husband has his own secrets - and his own family tragedies. In all of this, Isobel depends on the loyalty and friendship of her young ladies' maid, Jane - who is facing her own challenges, on the Texas frontier.