Along the way, as the Texana plows through the waters of the Red River, Emily meets Jason, whom she finds both fascinating and frustrating. She can't allow herself to become romantically drawn to him because she is soon to be engaged to Charles Grant, her friend since childhood. She is determined to dedicate herself to do quickly what she has to do at Dixon Manor and return to Richmondtown, Staten Island.
Marie Bockmon Cariker became drawn to the rich history of Jefferson, Texas, while visiting relatives of her late husband. She was married to writer Marc Bockmon, who, before his death, encouraged her to write. Thus Emily was born. Marie lives in Georgetown, Texas.