Luck has never been on Paul Anderson's side when it comes to love. His marriage that lasted all of one day left him bitter and convinced that he can never trust his heart again. Now on his own, he's content to live his solitary existence and run his ranch. He's happy that way. Fate just has other plans. Karena Thorton is running from a nightmare. Fleeing in the middle of the night, she is forced to leave the only home she's ever known. Ending up in Santa Fe with limited funds, the once privileged young lady takes a job in a saloon to support her new existence. Serving alcohol to rowdy, sometimes dangerous, men let her know exactly whom she wants to avoid. Too bad for her that things never turn out how she plans. One night, an attack by a drunken cowboy leaves her nowhere to turn for help except to the brooding Paul Anderson. What begins as grudgingly offered protection makes Paul reexamine his views on love and marriage. Just when Karena and Paul decide to let old demons go, a threat from her past and a dangerous adversary test the tenuous bond they've formed. Will luck finally be on their side and let them both find the love that's been missing from their lives, or will one too many obstacles have them believe that it's better to live their lives alone than to risk their hearts?