Charles Oleson is known for defending women, but this will test his limits.
It’s fall roundup at the Broken Circle O, and a new crop of hands sign on for the job. When Charles is assigned a small, mute man to watch over, he despises the injustice. That is, until he realizes there’s more to Will Galliger than meets the eye.
Wilhelmina “Will” Galliger will do whatever it takes to earn her own plot of land, including acting like a man. Will has pretended to be mute for three years as she’s worked all over the West, just trying to earn enough money to buy her own spread. As a woman who had been treated as chattel, she works doggedly for independence.
Taking up a job on a ranch with different rules than she’s used to lands her under speculation and risk of discovery. Charles and Will fight against an attraction that seems wrong until Will’s secret comes to light.
Can she still have her dream of her own ranch and the man she’s grown to love, or will he be unable to see past the shadow of her pretend life?