Tessa was a most unlikely schoolteacher, with a womanly luster that defied her prim demeanor. But she hid a dark past, a nightmare that forced her to start fresh in a raw Western boomtown. There she was greeted by Cody Butler, an insufferably handsome rake with an eye for luscious women. He saw beyond her schoolmarm drab and sensed the true splendor that was Tessa. Slowly they drew close, sharing wit and passion, anger and understanding. Could Tessa give her heart to this man, or would the dark shadow of her past destroy the glory of her new love?