When Kate Winters is left stranded and defenseless in outlaw country, she knows there's little chance she'll make it out alive until she stumbles across a gang hanging a cowboy for his cattle. She waits until the outlaws are gone, desperate enough to claim the dead man's horse to make her escape-only to realize he's not dead after all. Those outlaws should have made damn sure Luke Bowden was good and gone. Now he vows he'll have his revenge no matter the cost. But they're miles away from the nearest town, and the woman who saved his hide won't survive the ride back. He owes her his life-he owes her everything-and it doesn't take long before he's faced with a terrible choice: stand by Kate or claim his revenge?