Thirty men. Ten women. One artist.
Patience Marston finally has a chance to start her life over again, free of the cruelty of her parents. She gets as far as Dovetail Creek and something odd happens--a local artist, Malachi Stone, kisses her out of the blue. Things go from odd to worse when the coach breaks down and can't continue to Lincoln. Now she's stuck in Dovetail Creek for Lottery Day.
Malachi Stone has always been a loner. Until now. The beautiful blonde who has crossed his path on the way to Lincoln has made all the difference and changed his path in life. He pays the coachman to abandon her and he pays the men at the lottery to remove their names. Those were the two things he did right. What follows are several serious wrongs. If he can manage to hang onto her, it'll be a small miracle. It'll take a lot of patience and his family's help.