On a whim, Renee Stockton accepts a teaching position in the West, tossing her life into a labyrinth of confusion. Unexpectedly, her usual composed state of mind struggles when emotional turmoil awakens within her on the night she's introduced to Sam Sanford, the rancher from Spring Valley, Nevada. Sam's attraction is an unsettling encounter, considering the engagement ring on her left hand belongs to another man back home in Tennessee. Throughout the months that follow, Renee experiences an incredible, perplexing new reality of sensations, friendships, adventures, desert sage and bristlecone pines. Is her diamond a strong enough reminder of her conviction to return to the lush green hills of Tennessee? Will she be able to use it as her safety device against the electrifying magnetism pulling her toward a romantic diversion? Renee's family expectations and limited teaching contract may force her to choose soon, else risk losing everything.