Nuala Peadar, the beautiful owner of Seanagloree farm, has reconnected with her reclusive neighbor, Donal Jer, only to have him propose marriage to her twice in as many days. The first time, she refuses politely, the second time hotly, declaring she will have no man wedding her out of pity. However, after seeing the prodigious amount of work he has done on his farm, Eagle’s Ledge, she agrees to enter into partnership with him so that each can assist the other in the working of their lands.
Their relationship intensifies after she discovers him severely injured by his valuable but treacherous bull. Nuala first secures the animal at considerable risk to herself, then rides for help. She remains with Donal, first as nurse, then as an aide. As the weeks go by and they continue to work closely together, they both recognize the feeling that has grown between them, but it seems doomed to wither unfulfilled. Shadows, old and new, loom over the man, and the irresponsibility of Nuala’s brother brings tragedy to their closest friends. Can they breach these barriers and win through to the life they long to build together?